Rev David Rail­ton re­mem­bered by Le­gion at St Bride’s Church, Onich

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THE man who had the in­spired idea of cre­at­ing the tomb of the un­known war­rior at West­min­ster Abbey in Lon­don, was re­mem­bered on Satur­day with a spe­cial ser­vice at St Bride’s Church, Onich.

The 62nd an­niver­sary of the death of the Rev David Rail­ton, MC MA, was marked by mem­bers of the Fort Wil­liam and dis­trict branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Scot­land who gath­ered at St Bride’s for a me­mo­rial ser­vice.

The name of Rev David will not mean a lot to many peo­ple un­til it is pointed out that it was he who had idea of hav­ing a tomb for an un­known war­rior in West­min­ster Abbey, which could be used to recog­nise the sac­ri­fice of all those who were buried as ‘un­known’ dur­ing the First World War. This mil­i­tary chap­lain made his home in re­tire­ment at Ard Rhu, Onich.

The event was or­gan­ised by Bruce James, with 12 branch mem­bers pre­sent. The ranks were swollen by Kevin Gray, the CEO of Le­gion Scot­land, and his wife; plus Ma­jor Janet McIn­tyre and Mar­garet Rae from the Sal­va­tion Army in Kin­lochleven. Their pres­ence was par­tic­u­larly poignant as David Rail­ton’s fa­ther had been the sec­ond in com­mand to Wil­liam Booth, who founded the Sal­va­tion Army.

For the me­mo­rial ser­vice, all par­ties formed up in front of the grave and, af­ter a brief in­tro­duc­tion from Kevin Lane, the branch chair­man, The Ode of Re­mem­brance taken from Lau­rence Binyon’s poem, For the

Fallen, was read out. Piper John MacCal­lum then played a la­ment dur­ing which the branch stan­dard, car­ried by Drew Walk­erAr­mitage, was low­ered in homage. Af­ter a two-minute si­lence, a sec­ond la­ment was played, fol­lowed by Kevin Lane lay­ing a wreath on be­half of the branch.

The Rev Mal­colm Kin­n­ear then led the branch in the ser­vice of re­mem­brance and prayers dur­ing which Bruce James read out a eu­logy to David Rail­ton.

The ser­vice ended with ev­ery­one vis­it­ing the in­side of St Bride’s Church and then re­tir­ing to the Loch Leven Ho­tel for lunch.

All agreed that this had been a fit­ting trib­ute to a great man whose mem­ory should be perpetuated.

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