Haddington community honours Cranston family’s sacrifice in Great War

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One hundred years on, the sacrifice made by the Cranston family during the First World War was commemorated in their home town of Haddington.

Descendants from various parts of the globe travelled to honour their ancestors along with the community at large on Sunday - the start of the annual Haddington Festival.

Picture Toby Williams 07920841392. Robert Cranston, grandson of James Cranston stands by a plaque unveiled at the John Gray Centre in Haddington
Picture Toby Williams 07920841392. Robert Cranston, grandson of James Cranston stands by a plaque unveiled at the John Gray Centre in Haddington

They came back to their roots from Australia, Canada and New Zealand to mark the centenary of the war and Scottish Homecoming year.

One who lives nearer to home, Robert Cranston (72), who used to run the ambulance service in Haddington, told the News that his “head was spinning” after the packed weekend of events to mark the family’s wartime history.

Speaking at his home in Haddington’s Station Road, he outlined how the family reunion had come about after long lost relatives in Australia began delving into the past.

Out of seven brothers who served in the war, four died and two more were horrifically wounded. Only one, the youngest, who was a joiner making planes in the Royal Flying Corps, returned home physically unscathed.

Robert’s grandfather was James Cranston who died of tuberculosis in training.

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