He­roes hon­oured for the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice

Men who died in the line of duty to be com­mem­o­rated

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Five ser­vice­men from Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang who lost their lives on duty since World War II are to be hon­oured by South La­nark­shire.

A new war me­mo­rial is be­ing erected in Hamil­ton after the coun­cil was ap­proached by fam­i­lies seek­ing a way to for­mally recog­nise the sac­ri­fice of those who have died since 1945.

Among the lo­cal res­i­dents to be hon­oured is Mark Hen­der­son, who was killed dur­ing the Falk­lands con­flict.

Mark, who stayed in West­burn, was just 20 when he and 13 oth­ers were killed after their ship HMS Glam­or­gan was hit by Ar­gen­tinian fire while bom­bard­ing en­emy po­si­tions around Port Stan­ley.

The for­mer pupil at the old Bushey­hill Pri­mary and Cathkin High, Mark joined the Royal Navy and was on board Glam­or­gan off Gi­bral­tar when the con­flict broke out.

They were di­verted to the main task force and the ship came un­der at­tack in the early hours of June 12 with the third mis­sile fired hit­ting its tar­get, even­tu­ally caus­ing a fire on board.

Just 48 hours after Mark’s death, the war came to an end.

John Rus­sell Hardie was killed in In­dia in 1945 as the end of im­pe­rial rule came close, while Thomas Bryce­land Gorm­ley was killed in the Korean War in 1952. Both men were from Cam­bus­lang.

John Cowan from Ruther­glen was an­other vic­tim of the Korean War in 1950, while Charles McLaren, an­other Ru­glo­nian, was killed dur­ing the Aden Emer­gency in 1967.

Charles was a mem­ber of the fa­mous Camero­ni­ans, a unit whose roots were in Ruther­glen.

He was shop­ping in Aden just hours be­fore he was due to leave when a ter­ror­ist det­o­nated a grenade. Charles was hit on the breast­plate and died.

He was the last Camero­nian to be killed on ac­tive ser­vice.

The five are joined by an­other 22 names pro­posed for the me­mo­rial from across South La­nark­shire. Work­ing along­side the likes of Royal Bri­tish Le­gion (Scot­land), The War Me­mo­rial Trust and The Scot­tish Be­reave­ment Bench­mark­ing Group, the coun­cil also want to hear from other fam­i­lies who may want their loved one in­cluded.

The me­mo­rial, on Both­well Park Road, will be of­fi­cially un­veiled at the end of this month and will be in­cluded in the Re­mem­brance Day com­mem­o­ra­tions.

Coun­cil­lor Hamish Stewart, chair of the com­mu­nity ser­vices com­mit­tee, said: “Sadly, we have lost many lo­cal ser­vice­men and women who have served since the end of World War II. Their sac­ri­fices mean just as much to their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

“It is with great pride that I wel­come this pro­posal which will pro­vide a last­ing me­mo­rial to those young men and women who have died in ser­vice since 1945.

“I thank all the groups and in­di­vid­u­als who have played their part in mak­ing this hap­pen and very much look for­ward to be­ing able to pay my own re­spects, along­side th­ese groups and fam­i­lies, at the un­veil­ing cer­e­mony.”

The coun­cil are also look­ing for the next of kin of some of the men.

They are asked to email danny. maxwell@south­la­nark­shire.gov. uk.

To nom­i­nate a ser­vice per­son from South La­nark­shire for in­clu­sion on the new me­mo­rial, con­tact be­reave­ment ser­vices on 0303 123 1016 for advice with the ap­pli­ca­tion process.

Trib­ute Anna Wis­ner, mother of Mark Hen­der­son, was at a plaque un­veil­ing for her son at Cam­bus­lang Parish Church last year

Hor­ror Mark Hen­der­son died at the age of just 20 in the Falk­lands con­flict

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