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Public response helps uncover piper’s story

Members of the Lesbury Village Hall committee

Members of the Lesbury Village Hall committee

Plans to honour a First World War hero who was awarded the Victoria Cross have helped to uncover more details about his fascinating life story.

In April, we reported that the Lesbury Village Hall management committee wanted to install a special plaque at the building in memory of Piper Daniel Logan Laidlaw.

The article sparked a big response, including from his descendants, and helped to paint a picture about his past.

Educated at Lesbury’s Church of England School, which is now the village hall, Laidlaw, born in 1875, became a miller’s apprentice at Lesbury mill. He worked around norh Northumberland at different stages of his life, including at Alnwick’s Co-operative store and in South Doddington with a firm of horse breeders. He was an assistant scout master and also worked as a post-master, near Norham.

Laidlaw married Georgina Mary at Alnwick Baptist Church in 1906 and they had six children.

He joined the Army at 21 and served in the Durham Light Infantry, in India, before transferring to the King’s Own Scottish Borderers as a piper until 1912. He re-enlisted when the First World War started. He attended both world war victory parades in London.

He died in 1950, aged 74, and is buried in Norham.

 

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