An historic memorial to more than 100 former Dalbeattie school pupils who gave their lives in the First World War has recently been renovated at Dalbeattie Men's Shed.
The substantial brass plaque used to hang in the old Dalbeattie Primary School but in recent years was transferred to a new home among the other wartime exhibits at Dalbeattie Museum. Now with the opening of the granite town's new learning campus the school is planning to put it back on display where today's pupils can read the names of all those local heroes - men and one woman - who served and died for their country. It is believed the school intends to rededicate the memorial in 2018, the 100th anniversary since the end of hostilities.
Although most war memorials bear the date 1914-1918, this one is inscribed with the year 1919 which is the year the Treaty of Versailles was signed to officially end the war between Germany and the Allied Forces.
The plaque, which is on a hardwood frame that has been given a facelift, states: "To the memory of Former Pupils of Dalbeattie Higher Grade Public School who gave their lives for their country in the Great War." Just above all the names of those gallant former pupils is the latin inscription: "Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori" which translates as "It is sweet and fitting to die for one's own country."