Friends of St Ninian's

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  • World War 1 – Starting To Tell Deerness’s Story

    Posted on 4th August 2014..

    One hundred years ago today, on 4 August 1914, at 11pm, Britain went to war against Germany and World War 1 continued in all its horror until 11am on 11 November 1918.

    In those years of fighting, and in the aftermath, Deerness lost 13 young men who had been born in the parish. Their names are on the Deerness War Memorial, in the kirkyard of the Lower Kirk, St Ninian’s. 

    Thomas Irvine, Sandside, died March 1915 in Kirkwall

    James Craigie, Breck, died March 1915 at Loos

    Thomas Foubister, Little Grindigar, died September 1915 at Loos

    William Craigie, Breck, died August 1916 at the Somme

    David Ritch, Free Schoolhouse, September 1916, at Pozieres

    John L Mowat, Cellardyke, March 1917, in France

    Robert Foubister, Watermoss, August 1917 in France

    David Cormack, Delday, September 1917, at Ypres

    James Scott, Wood Cottage, November 1917, in France

    David Linklater, Upper Braebuster, January 1918 at Salonika

    John Wick, Cutpool, April 1918 at Warloy

    James Dick, Keigar, September 1919, at Dingwall

    James Cromarty, Little Quoys, December 1919, at Edinburgh

    Deerness also lost young men who had lived in the parish, or were married to Deerness girls, but were born and are commemorated elsewhere, and few families in Deerness were untouched by death, injury or simply the fearsome worry of a family member called away to serve in World War 1, by land or sea.

    Over the next 4 years we will be remembering those who died and those who served and survived. We will do so in various ways, including an exhibition, telling as many as possible of their stories.

    We are in touch with the families of many of Deerness’s World War 1 servicemen but there are a lot more out there who we’ve yet to make contact with. If you would like your forebear’s World War 1 service remembered by Deerness, please get in touch with Ernie Skea 01856 741203, Leslie Foubister 01856 861332, Mabel Eunson  01856 741325 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Welcome to our website!

Drawing of St Ninian's, Deerness by Isobel GardnerWelcome to The Friends of St Ninian’s website.  We aim to keep you informed not only about our organisation, its work and events, but also to open up the life and times of the Orkney parish of Deerness to local folk and visitors alike, whether in person, or across the world-wide web.

The photographs on this website show you a variety of landscapes and seascapes of Deerness – out to Copinsay, to the North Isles, Auskerry and back across to the rest of Mainland Orkney.  Enjoy these images, and please add more to the photo gallery.

Photo © Donna Eunson

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Join the Friends of St Ninian’s and help support our work in looking after the Lower Kirk and exploring the heritage and culture of Deerness. We welcome membership from Deerness folk, Deerness-connected folk and folk who simply want to support The Friends of St Ninian's because it's a worthwhile endeavour.

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