THIS year marks the centenary of the end World War I.

It was described as the war to end wars, and it left towns and villages up and down the country in a state of mourning for the tens of thousands of sons who never came home.

Across Peeblesshire the toll was just as devastating.

In the lead up this year's special centenary commemorations taking place in and around Peebles, an invitation has been made for families to share the stories of their loved ones who died on the battlefields or made it back home.

And those stories will make up a central display to feature in the build up to this year's Armistice commemorations.

Over the past three weeks dozens of people have been in touch with the Peeblesshire organising committee, which is made up of the Lord-Lieutenant for Tweeddale, Professor Sir Hew Strachan, Brigadier Bruce Russell MBE, fellow Deputy Lieutenant Adrian Lucas, Major John Currie MBE, and Parish Minister Calum Macdougall.

One reader of the Peeblesshire News, Margaret Ross, shared the story of her uncle David Dewar.

The elder brother of her father, Robert, enlisted in Edinburgh on August 13, 1915 as a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Margaret said: "He served in France for the next three years and returned to Scotland in November 1918.

"Diagnosed a few days later with 'war strain' he was admitted straight away to Rosslynlee Asylum.

"He was honourably discharged from the RAMC and awarded the King’s Certificate given to those who had been disabled by their war service."

David returned to his hometown of Peebles in December, 1919, but only after his father, the Rev James Dewar, had pleaded with the hospital authorities for his release.

David lived in the family home at Blair Cottage on Montgomery Place and was given medical attention by the illustrious Dr Clement Bryce Gunn.

Two years later the family moved to Daneslair on Rosetta Road.

Margaret added: "Sadly, David’s mental health deteriorated and he returned to Rosslynlee in June 1931, dying there 10 years later.

"He was only 48 years of age, unmarried and with no children - a man who had survived the Great War physically but whose mental health had been ruined by his experiences on the battlefields of France."

David's story will be part of a commemorative display marking the centenary of the end of the Great war in Peebles.

If you would like to share the story of a member of your family email