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Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

A Ruther­glen war hero has been hon­oured in par­lia­ment for the part he played in the Sec­ond World War.

Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly lodged a mo­tion in par­lia­ment that an ex­hi­bi­tion be­ing held at Ruther­glen Li­brary in mem­ory of war hero Jack Con­nor be recog­nised.

Jack Con­nor, who served in In­dia and Burma, was a hos­pi­tal engi­neer at the South­ern Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal when he was called up in 1941, go­ing on to serve in the 17th In­dian Di­vi­sion.

Jack, af­ter four years of fe­ro­cious fight­ing, was awarded the Burma Star, the 1939-1945 Star and the De­fence Medal.

Last week the Labour MSP dropped by Ruther­glen li­brary to meet up with the daugh­ter of the lo­cal war leg­end to learn more about his heroic ef­forts dur­ing World War Two.

James met Dorothy Con­nor, the daugh­ter of Jack, to talk about her fa­ther’s ex­pere­inces dur­ing the War, which lasted from 1939 un­til 1945.

Jack’s unit was made up of units from Com­mon­wealth coun­tries dur­ing World War II and was of­ten re­ferred to as the “For­got­ten Army” be­cause its oper­a­tions in the Burma Cam­paign were over­looked by the fight­ing closer to home in Europe.

James said: “It was fas­ci­nat­ing learn­ing more about the bat­tles of the For­got­ten Army and in par­tic­u­lar to hear about the heroic ad­ven­tures of a true Ru­glo­nian hero, Jack Con­nor.

“Brave folk like Jack laid it all on the line for our coun­try and it is im­por­tant we re­mem­ber what they fought for.

“Tthat’s why I lodged a mo­tion in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment to pay trib­ute to a truly in­spi­ra­tional gen­er­a­tion.”

Dorothy Con­nor, who stays in Ruther­glen, said: “I think it’s im­por­tant that we re­alise that in Ruther­glen as in other towns, we are all walk­ing in the foot­steps of the bravest of the brave.

“It’s es­pe­cially so for those of us of the post war gen­er­a­tion who have al­ways lived in peace be­cause of what they did.

“I was very grate­ful for the gen­uine

Mo­tion James Kelly MSp with Jack’s daugh­ter, Dorothy

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