Spe­cial Cypriot cer­e­mony re­mem­bers fallen Fifer

MEDITER­RANEAN: St An­drews sol­dier was shot dead in his car

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - CLAIRE WAR­REN­DER cwar­ren­der@the­courier.co.uk

A St An­drews ser­vice­man killed dur­ing the Cyprus Emer­gency in the 1950s has been re­mem­bered with hon­our by Scot­tish troops.

Mem­bers of the Leuchars-based Royal Scots Dra­goon Guards, de­ployed on a UN peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tion on the Mediter­ranean is­land, paid trib­ute to Sur­geon-Cap­tain Gor­don Charles Ed­wyn Wil­son at a spe­cial Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony.

The 29-year-old was shot dead in his car when he stopped at traf­fic lights on his way to at­tend to Greek Cypriot pa­tients in Ni­cosia on Septem­ber 26 1956.

The Royal Horse Guards reg­i­men­tal of­fi­cer was one of 371 Bri­tish ser­vice­men to die dur­ing the four-year cam­paign.

He is buried at Wayne’s Keep, the Bri­tish mil­i­tary ceme­tery on Cyprus.

Scots DG com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Lieu­tenant Colonel Dom Coombes was con­tacted by a cousin of Sur­geon-Capt Wil­son to make them aware of his story’s lo­cal sig­nif­i­cance. The com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, along with Lieu­tenant Gor­don Mac­far­lane and Ad­ju­tant Cap­tain Ed­ward Thorn­ton, paid their re­spects at his grave­side on Sun­day.

They placed a re­mem­brance cross on his grave be­fore salut­ing him and mark­ing a si­lence.

Af­ter this, they at­tended a cer­e­mony in the same grave­yard with the re­main­der of the reg­i­ment.

Clock­wise from left: the spe­cial cer­e­mony in Cyprus at the week­end; Lt Col Dom Coombes, Lt Gor­don Mac­far­lane and Ad­ju­tant Capt Ed­ward Thorn­ton pay re­spects at the grave of Sur­geon-Cap­tain Gor­don Wil­son from St An­drews and his grave in Cyprus.

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