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Fitting tribute for Christina after 108 years

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By Fiona Reid
Fitting tribute for Christina after 108 years

A NEW name is being added to a war memorial in the region after a long campaign.

There will be a dedication service next week at the Maxwelltown War Memorial when the name of Christina Stevenson Carrol Caldow will be inscribed.

She was 18 during WWI when she went to work at the Arrol Johnstone factory in Heathhall which at that time was making aeroplane wings.

Christina’s job was the painting of these wings with a substance that was called dope, and having to ensure that no part of the wing was missed she had to look closely along where she had painted, all the time breathing poisonous fumes which ended up causing her death in 1915.

As a munitions worker, she has earned the right to go on the memorial.

Next Thursday’s event will be led by Rev Tom Telfer and feature bugler Emma Johnstone, while retired Major Charles Milroy will lay a wreath and Stuart Bond will present the Standard.

The organisers are inviting anyone interested to attend and pay their respects.

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