Vet­eran makes a pil­grim­age

Ron, 94, vis­its Commando memo­rial

Ayrshire Post - - War Hero’s Dreams Come True - Stephen Hous­ton

A war hero’s dream has come true af­ter mak­ing a long- awaited pil­grim­age.

Ron Wil­son, 94, is a Burma vet­eran from Ayr.

And this month he paid a visit to hon­our fallen col­leagues at the Commando ( Cdo) Memo­rial near Spean Bridge in Lochaber.

Cap­tain Karen Tait MBE RAMC, had helped or­ches­trate the visit dur­ing the last year.

It fol­lowed two of Ron’s com­rades pre­vi­ously vis­it­ing and plac­ing a plaque, bear­ing their and Ron’s names in the Gar­den of Re­mem­brance near the memo­rial.

The Commando Memo­rial is a Cat­e­gory A listed mon­u­ment in Lochaber, Scot­land, ded­i­cated to the men of the orig­i­nal British Commando Forces raised dur­ing World War II.

The memo­rial over­looks the train­ing ar­eas of the Commando Train­ing De­pot es­tab­lished in 1942 at Ach­nacarry Cas­tle.

Mar­ian Lam­ber­ton, who at­tends St An­drews Church in Ayr along­side Ron, said: “Karen had ar­ranged to meet Mr Paul Wil­son, Chair­man of the Royal Marine As­so­ci­a­tion, High­land Branch based in In­ver­ness, and Sergeant Ma­jor ( SM) Buck­ley ( Buck­ers) 43 Cdo who had driven up from Faslane, com­plete with wreath.

“On be­ing in­tro­duced to them Ron was in awe.

“In the gar­den of re­mem­brance Ron found the plaque that he had help fund and had even taken ma­te­ri­als to clean it.

“Af­ter look­ing around the memo­rial Ron laid the wreath that had been brought for him, and said the words of the Ko­hima Epi­taph and the Ex­hor­ta­tion.”

Ron was then taken on a tour of his old train­ing ground and what were his bar­racks at Ach­nacarry in 1942.

Fol­low­ing this, he vis­ited the Cdo Mu­seum at the Spean Bridge Ho­tel and also had lunch with him, Karen and her ac­com­plices.

Lunch con­cluded, the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of 43 Cdo had asked for a 43 Cdo silk tie to be pre­sented to Ron – some­thing re­served for dis­tin­guished guests and vis­i­tors.

A proud vet re­mem­bers Ron

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