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World War I
Jane Cassidy's search for her WW1 ancestor.
A couple of months ago, a Jane Cassidy from Ayr, contacted the Johnstone History Facebook site, attempting to establish the whereabouts of "Railway Cottage" or "Station Cottage" in Johnstone in the late 19th century/early 20th century and to discover whether is still existed.

Her enquiry was prompted by her coming across the name Frank Downs on the Glasgow and South Western Railway WW1 memorial at Ayr train station.

What intrigued Jane was the fact that her grandfather’s name was Frank Downs, and he was a railwayman.

Jane had established that her grandfather had been born in Johnstone. I managed to find a map and photograph of the station area around the period in question and subsequently discovered that the “Station Cottage” appears in the photograph. (see red arrow)

Jane was delighted with the find and agreed to write a story about her search. Her story you can find in our WW1 Articles section or follow the link below. Thanks Jane.

LINK to Jane's Story

Johnstone WWI Role of Honour
We've recently received a copy of the Johnstone Role of Honour from World War I. Watch the site for an expanded presentation. If you are a relative or friend of one of the persons listed, we plan to add a photograph and biography for as many as possible; details on that procedure will be announced soon on these pages.

UPDATE 31 May 2018: We have recently updated our World War 1 Role of Honour list that you will find under the Categories section of our Web Log list. Should you so wish, we can now add your information to the names. If you wish to add information please use the contact form to submit information you wish to include.

This would be a good time register as a member of the website. If you are a regular member of the History Society, we will also be linking the two member lists, and an annoucement of that procedure is also forthcoming.

If your ancestor or relative appears on the list, we would be pleased to receive a photograph (and a descriptive comment if possible) to accompany this page in a new album in the Gallery. A story with no picture can also be included.)

This list was compiled by the late John Kenny J.P. who was a Committee Member of the Johnstone History Society. It is reproduced here by kind permission of his widow Mrs Agnes Kenny.

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Download the list here

Munitions Factory Johnstone's Contribution to the WWI Effort
Munitions Factory Johnstone's Contribution to the WWI Effort
With this article we introduce a new feature of the website. This summary of a photo essay by Stewart Michie in the Gallery (link below) is accompanied by images of the WWW factory that put Johnstone solidly into the war effort.)

Georgetown Munitions Factory opened in September, 1915, at the start of the First World War, just over three miles east of Houston in what was then predominantly a rural community with plans to fill explosive shells for use on the battlefields of Belgium, France and the Middle East.

Delays could cost lives so it was imperative that the men who manned the artillery big guns had a ready supply of ammunition at their disposal to protect themselves and the infantry units.

A 2350 square foot town hall was erected, serving as a social center, church, Sunday school, lecture hall and more. The hall could seat 300 people. The building was an invaluable resource, especially in winter when the dark nights limited the range of human activities at a high-security site like Georgetown where vigilance could never be relaxed for safety and military reasons.

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Photo Essay

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