Whitburn Band, like bands across Britain, will take part in its local Remembrance services this weekend to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.

We will pay our respects to everyone who died in the First World War and every conflict since. Two of those we will remember are former members of the band.

Private William Aitken (pictured) of the Royal Scots was killed by a shell in France on December 3, 1917. He was just 20.

In a newspaper report about his death from January 1918, under the headline ‘Whitburn Bandsman Killed’, it states how Private Aitken was “a member of Whitburn Public Band, which he joined he was 12-years-old”.

He is buried at Duhallow ADS Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in Belgium.

In the Second World War, solo cornet player William Allan was also killed in action.

RIP William Aitken and William Allan, and all others who served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice.