Gala Woman Lost in World War II is Remembered in Town’s Book of Commemoration

The only woman from Galashiels who died during active service in World War II was remembered recently with the publication of the revised edition of the town’s Book of Commemoration.

Fay T. Currie, an aircraftwomen 2nd class, WAAF, was only 23 years old when she lost her life on the 7th September 1944, following an illness while serving her country. Fay passed away at Bridge of Earn and is interred at Galashiels Eastlands Cemetery.

Gordon Keddie, volunteer researcher said: “Our group felt it was important those who lost their lives in WWII should be remembered in the same way as was done with those from WWI in 2019, when the book was published.”

The Book of Commemoration, which lists the individuals from the town who gave their lives in both World Wars, is produced by Energise Galashiels Trust, and has been updated recently following a year along produce when a group of volunteers researched each of the XX fallen from World War II, including poignant photos of the townsfolk.

The Book of Commemoration is a legacy to Gala Remembers, the extensive programme of activities that took place in 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Debbie Paterson, Energise Galashiels Trust committee member added: “While the work of Energise Galashiels Trust is often future-focused, it is important that we reflect back in time too, especially when remembering the people of the town who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives to ensure we enjoy our freedoms today. We are honoured to be able to continue to support the Book of Commemoration this year with the addition of more detail and images of the WWII fallen.”

Energise Galashiels Trust would like to thank Gordon Keddie, Hazel Hunter, Tommy Turnbull and Jennifer McLaughlin for their tireless work that resulted in the comprehensive revision of the Book.

The Book of Commemoration can be viewed by clicking here.

Fay Currie from Galashiels.

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