AN APPEAL to uncover stories of WWI soldiers has gone out after treasure trove of past papers and postcards have been unearthed at Stirling station.

Some dating back to WWI, the papers and postcards were found during ongoing works to renew the roof at Stirling Railway Station.

The discovery was made by the site team when they stumbled upon a bundle during an inspection of the crawl space of the roof.

The bundle included official Caledonian Railway postcards, which had been sent to members of the public in the Stirling area, requesting that they collected items which had been sent on the train.

Amongst those postcards, which go as far back as 1912, were several dated April 1916 that had been sent to troops and regiments stationed in the barracks at Cambusbarron, requesting that they collect kit bags and parcels from the station.

A number of regiments were stationed in the area at the time and working with several museums, Network Rail has managed to trace the stories of some of the soldiers named.

However, little is known about some of the other soldiers named and the company is appealing for information.

Details are sought about 2nd Lt. J M or H Campbell, 11th Gordon Highlanders; Private W Reddiford, B Company, 11th Gordon Highlanders; Private George Rankine, 6th Black Watch; and an officer commanding A Company, 11th Gordon Highlanders.

Helen Agnew, Network Rail project manager at Stirling station, said: "It's been incredible to see these postcards, many of which are more than one hundred years old and to find out about some of the items that were sent on the railway.

"Finding these items in the roof of the station has already offered a fantastic insight into the past but to be able to trace any family members of those who served would be incredible."

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