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This article was published in The Northumberland Gazette on Thursday 28th August 2014
Public response helps uncover piper’s story
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 north 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.
Part of an article from the Parish Council April 2014 Newsletter:
Lesbury Village Hall – Then and Now
The minutes of the Village Hall Committee meetings give an idea of what a vibrant and active community there was here in the 1970s.
There were jumble sales for the British Legion, the Brownies, The Autumn Club, the Guides, the Church, the Football Club, the Parent Teachers’ Association, The Pigeon Club and the Cricket Club.
There were dancing classes, drama rehearsals, pantomimes, bingo nights, coffee mornings, barn dances, parties for the Sunday School, the Guides and the Brownies, as well as, concerts and events celebrating christenings, birthdays, anniversaries and weddings.
The Village Hall Committee is keen to increase the range and number of activities that take place and are looking for ideas and input from residents. Please get in touch via one of the Committee members or the website.