Moniaive Village

While many of the village’s own men were serving elsewhere, Moniaive became busy with Norwegian soldiers based at the two nearby estates of Craigdarroch and Maxwelton. One of them who was stationed at both houses remembers Moniaive as “a lonely place, offering little entertainment for the boys”, but that on Saturdays they were liable to create “an element of disquietude” and incur the ire of a local constable.[1] In the words of Captain Ingvald Marm:

“Not so seldom it occurred that he came on his bike to our camp on a Monday morning in order to complain about certain irregularities, which had taken place during the weekend. It was my job, as a rule, to receive these complaints and then try to explain to the custodian of order that it was not so easy for the boys to adjust themselves to the prevailing conditions so far away from home and family. He had, however, certain difficulties in accepting such apologies,although he became more understanding as time passed.”[2]

[1] Isabelle C. Gow, Nithsdale at War (Catrine: Stenlake, 2011), p.69

[2] Isabelle C. Gow, Nithsdale at War (Catrine: Stenlake, 2011), p.70

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