Town hon­ours its hum­ble war hero

Trib­ute to John Brown Hamil­ton awarded VC

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

The John Hamil­ton Brown VC cen­te­nary ser­vice marks an­other mile­stone for Cam­bus­lang Gar­den Remembrance Group.

Es­tab­lished 18 months ago, the group is work­ing to cre­ate a peace­ful space where peo­ple can re­mem­ber the brav­ery of the town’s two VC re­cip­i­ents and all those who have served in con­flict.

The gar­den is sit­u­ated at the Toll Pitch and will, when com­pleted, in­clude VC paving stones for Mr Hamil­ton and Pri­vate Hugh McIver.

This week, the group wel­comed the poignant cen­te­nary ser­vice and news that the pro­posed me­mo­rial wall in the gar­den has been granted plan­ning per­mis­sion by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

Hilda Al­li­son of the group said she hoped the paving stones for both men will be placed in the ground in Au­gust, when the cen­te­nary of Pri­vate McIver’s act of brav­ery is recog­nised.

She said: “We were all very proud and hon­oured to be able to host the ser­vice for John Brown Hamil­ton and an­noyed that we were not able to put the stone straight into the gar­den.

“Plan­ning per­mis­sion for the gar­den wall was is­sued on Fri­day.

“There will be plaques recog­nis­ing the two VC awards on the wall and there will be a large plaque on the wall from the peo­ple of Cam­bus­lang.

“It will re­mem­ber all those from Word War I and World War II and ev­ery con­flict af­ter.”

Pri­vate McIver, of the Royal Scots Loth­ian Reg­i­ment, was em­ployed as a com­pany-runner and on Au­gust 23, 1918, un­der heavy ar­tillery and ma­chine-gun fire, car­ried mes­sages re­gard­less of his own safety.

Sin­gle-handed, he pur­sued an en­emy scout into a ma­chine-gun post and cap­tured 20 pris­on­ers and two ma­chine-guns. He died in ac­tion 10 days later. He was not born in Cam­bus­lang, but spent most of his life there.

Cam­bus­lang Remembrance Group cam­paigned for du­pli­cate VC paving stones for the men to be cre­ated and placed in Cam­bus­lang in recog­ni­tion of this.

The com­mu­ni­ties min­is­ter granted their re­quest ear­lier this year and both stones will re­main in stor­age un­til the gar­den is com­pleted next year – the same year World War I came to an end.

It is hoped that the gar­den, along with the me­mo­rial wall, World War I benches and planters will be com­pleted in early sum­mer of next year.

The group must in the in­terim be­come a lim­ited com­pany in or­der to se­cure the lease of the land from the coun­cil and the fund­ing to en­able works for the £20,000 project to be done.

Re­spect­sRus­sell Clearie and Lord lieu­tenant Ian Forsyth Flags The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and High­land Light In­fantry were rep­re­sented Hon­our Cam­bus­lang Remembrance Group or­gan­ised the ser­vice Clergy Fa­ther Paul Mor­ton and Rev­erend Leslie Mil­ton led the ser­vice

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