His­tory les­son for Ella

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Mem­bers of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion paid trib­ute to sol­diers killed in com­bat at the week­end.

Me­mo­rial benches were un­veiled at the poppy beds in Cam­bus­lang on Satur­day.

Lo­cal politi­cians and res­i­dents also came out to pay their re­spects.

Among those there was seven-year-old Ella May Daw­son, who learned about the sig­nif­i­cance of the poppy from le­gion mem­bers in­clud­ing ex-ser­vice­man, David Thom­son.

Scenes de­pict­ing World War One sol­diers have been welded into benches un­veiled at Cam­bus­lang War Me­mo­rial at the week­end.

Si­t­u­ated near the town’s Ceno­taph and Min­ers Wheel, the two benches are part of a wider pro­ject to mark the cen­te­nary of the Great War.

Poignant im­ages have been crafted into each of the wrought iron benches, in­clud­ing the sil­hou­ettes of World War One sol­diers and five blos­som­ing red pop­pies.

They were un­veiled on Satur­day at a spe­cial ser­vice led by Rev­erend Les­lie Mil­ton of Cam­bus­lang Parish Church.

The pro­ject to in­stall the com­mem­o­ra­tive benches, which have been po­si­tioned in towns and cities across Scot­land, was spear­headed by the Cam­bus­lang branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion.

The le­gion’s vice- chair­man Ian Wil­liamson said they would pro­vide older peo­ple with a rest­ful place to pay their re­spects.

“When we had a ser­vice on Re­mem­brance Sun­day a lot of the pen­sion­ers couldn’t get to the Ceno­taph in the park so this is some­where they can go and sit,” Ian said.

“This is some­where to re­mem­ber and re­flect and for peo­ple to think about their grandads, dads, un­cles, brothers and all those who died in pre­vi­ous con­flicts around the world.

“Two years ago in 2014 we got a poppy bench put in at the Min­ers Wheel and this is an ex­ten­sion of that pro­ject to mark 100 years since WW1.”

Funded by Pride of Place Cam­bus­lang, the pur­chas­ing and in­stal­la­tion of the benches has cost ap­prox­i­mately £2000.

John Edgar, who sits on the Pride of Place board, said: “It’s poignant that this is the last pro­ject of Pride of Place Cam­bus­lang as it com­mem­o­rates sol­diers who served in WW1 dur­ing the cen­te­nary.

“It ben­e­fits the whole com­mu­nity and that’s what Pride of Place is all about.”

John thanked Ian McCaig and the land ser­vices team at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil for their sup­port in get­ting the seats in place for the ser­vice on Satur­day.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by Cam­bus­lang coun­cil­lors as well as Mar­garet Fer­rier MP and James Kelly MSP.

Mr Kelly said: “The two benches are a fit­ting trib­ute to those who ded­i­cated their lives to save oth­ers. The benches are at a cen­tral lo­ca­tion and will al­low the com­mu­nity the op­por­tu­nity to re­flect and pay their re­spects.”

The peo­ple of Cam­bus­lang also in­stalled a field of pop­pies in the park in 2014 as an­other way of re­mem­ber­ing the fallen.

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Poppy story Ella May Daw­son, 7, with David Thom­son

Trib­ute Royal Bri­tish Le­gion mem­bers with Coun­cil­lor Rus­sell Clearie

Lest we for­get Rev Dr Les­lie Mil­ton took the mov­ing ser­vice

Re­spect A piper plays a lament

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