Me­mo­rial stone van­dalised 24 times

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

In 2010, David trav­elled to the spot where his cousin was killed for the un­veil­ing of a me­mo­rial.

A stone was placed at the very spot on White Brae as well as a 15-foot obelisk at nearby Ballysil­lan Av­enue.

The memo­ri­als were erected us­ing funds raised by the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Old­park/Cave­hill branch.

Cam­bus­lang man Dougie Thom­son also helped out along with a num­ber of other friends of David.

David was there with Alis­tair McCaig, who lost his two brothers that fate­ful day.

Since then, the stone has been van­dalised 24 times.

“It’s been paint bombed, had graf­fiti on it and smashed with ham­mers,” says David.

“Ev­ery time I get a phone call about it, I feel sick to the stom­ach. Just let the boys rest in peace.”

David also feels many peo­ple in Scot­land don’t ap­pre­ci­ate how many Scots were vic­tims dur­ing the Trou­bles.

And he was left stunned when North La­nark­shire Coun­cil con­sid­ered fly­ing an Ir­ish flag to mark the cen­te­nary of the Easter Ris­ing.

“I was pre­sented with an El­iz­a­beth Cross and let­ter from the Queen thank­ing Dougald for his ser­vice at Mother­well Civic Cen­tre about four years ago.

“So I was dis­gusted when I found out they were go­ing to fly the tri­colour there to com­mem­o­rate the Easter ris­ing. They were ter­ror­ists in 1916, and again in 1971.

“It’s worth re­mem­ber­ing there were a lot of Scot­tish sol­diers killed dur­ing the Trou­bles.”

Graf­fiti The me­mo­rial to the three Scot­tish sol­diers has been van­dalised 24 times

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