A look back at Leith Hall: the war years

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A group of National Trust for Scotland volunteers at Leith Hall, near Kennethmont, are seeking information about the property during WW1.

The group is researching the role of Leith Hall as an an auxiliary Red Cross Hospital during WW1 in order to obtain information for an upcoming exhibition.

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The display will be open to the public at Leith Hall from April 2015 and will commemmorate the 500+ who were treated there and the staff who looked after them.

Volunteers are inviting anyone who has any personal information, which may be of interest to this research, to contact the research group leader at lhallresearch@gmail.com or Graham at Leithhallresearch@hotmail.com.

The group would specifically like any data regarding personnel or relatives who worked or lived on the Aberdeenshire estate, or anyone who would have been treated by the Laird and his wife, Charles Leith-Hay and The Hon Henrietta Leith-Hay and their staff between 1914 and 1918.

Information on Belgian soldiers treated at Leith Hall would also be of particular interest.

Volunteers are keen to discover more about three estate workers who were killed during the war, namely Lance Corporal James Daun, son of William Daun, Private William Douglas, son of William and Maggie Douglas and George Gordon, son of James A and Jeannie Gordon.

These soldiers were members of the 6th Btn Gordon Highlanders.

The exhibition will open at Leith Hall on April 2.