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Raymond Bell

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PostSubject: Pubs in Garscube Road - Looking for a roll of honour - Lyon street   Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:33 am

Hi - I am posting looking for information on pubs in Garscube Road

Can anyone help try and find out what happened to a roll of honour for the men of Lyon Street - it is said that in proportion this street had more casualties that any other in the city from the fighting of the Great War (WW1)

It appears that a local pub in the area used to have the roll hanging behind the bar and the pub owner used to take the roll out and place it at a black cross in the street on the 11th of November each year to allow the public to view it and remember the casualties from the street during the First World War and on this day a piper and buglar from the local army barracks (Maryhill) would attend and play a lament and the last post - afterwards the roll and the soldiers would return to the pub for refreshments - this parade appeared to happen every year from the end of WW1 till the start of WW2 and possibly some time after WW2

It appears that the roll was kept in one of the following pubs - but which one?

The Garscube Bar - also known as Keirens after the owner
The Milestone
Dreery's Bar

The local school St Josephs in remembrance of the original roll and these men commissioned another plaque but since the original layout was not known had a poem inserted onto their plaque - the poem was written about 1917 and named "The Men of Lyon Street" This plaque hangs in the main assembly hall of the school and because of security ect is not readily on view to the public so they had a smaller verision put into the local library (Woodside) and it is displayed at the window near the war book section

There is nothing left of Lyon Street except a small pile of stones which is fenced off in the school playground of St Josephs

The area was demolished to allow the M8 to be built along with other construction from the 1960's

There have been many thoughts of what happened to the original roll of honour

1. It was put into St Josephs Church (Which has also been demolished)
2. An Irish Family took it back to Ireland
3. A lady from Milton took it
4. It went to the Peoples Palace
5. It was given to the army museum in Sauchiehall Street
6. The local police station took it
7. The local brewery got it and it may be in a foyer or boardroom
8. It was destroyed when St Josephs was pulled down

It would be great if anyone could add information to try and track down this important part of local history

If you can help could you please post back

Thank you

Raymond Bell
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