Town honours its humble war hero
Tribute to John Brown Hamilton awarded VC
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