War hero’s name is added to me­mo­rial

Any other names missed?

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ju­dith Ton­ner

The name of a Coat­bridge war hero has now been added to the town’s Ceno­taph, a cen­tury af­ter his death in World War I.

Ed­ward Kerr, who served in the 1st Bat­tal­ion Royal Scots Fusiliers, was laid to rest in the Com­mon­wealth Bri­tish ceme­tery in Douchy- Les- Ayette, France.

His niece, Mar­garet Ann Kerr, had been re­search­ing his story and re­cently con­tacted North La­nark­shire Coun­cil to ask that the name of her brave un­cle be added to the hun­dreds on the town’s me­mo­rial at Bank Street.

The re­quest was car­ried out in time for Re­mem­brance Sun­day, with Mar­garet at­tend­ing the busy ser­vice there ear­lier this month to see the ad­di­tion and to hon­our Ed­ward’s me­mory, 100 years on.

Provost Jean Jones said: “As more peo­ple are re­search­ing their fam­ily trees, there may be in­di­vid­u­als from North La­nark­shire who [ it’s found] are not al­ready re­mem­bered on a me­mo­rial.

“The coun­cil main­tains a num­ber of memo­ri­als across North La­nark­shire with the names of lo­cal ser­vice­men and women who lost their lives in the two World Wars.

“In or­der to mark their war ser­vice and help their fam­i­lies pay trib­ute, we will add those names to their lo­cal me­mo­rial.”

Now coun­cil of­fi­cials are invit­ing fam­i­lies of lo­cal ser­vice per­son­nel to en­sure they are re­mem­bered with the in­clu­sion of their names on Mon­k­lands’ war memo­ri­als, in a spe­cial pro­ject to mark the cen­te­nary of the end of World War I.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity will add the names of any in­di­vid­ual who died in ser­vice or as a re­sult of in­juries sus­tained there to their lo­cal me­mo­rial at no charge un­til the end of 2019.

Fam­i­lies whose rel­a­tives are not al­ready named on a war me­mo­rial can con­tact the coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­men­tal fa­cil­i­ties sec­tion by email­ing duffy­[email protected]­lan.gov.uk or call­ing 01698 506300 for in­for­ma­tion on the process in­volved.

The ser­vice­man or woman con­cerned must be recog­nised by the Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion and have been born, lived or died in North La­nark­shire.

Time­less trib­ute (L-R) Ed­ward’s niece Mar­garet Ann Kerr, ceme­tery man­ager Frank McCool, Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion re­gional man­ager Iain An­der­son and North La­nark­shire provost Jean Jones

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