Sister receives soldier’s award

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A BELLSHILL woman has picked up military awards in memory of her late brother.

Catherine Clarke was presented with the Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll at the Civic Centre in Motherwell.

The new military awards are given to families whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, with Mrs Clarke’s brother, Private Samuel Rennie, having served with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers.

The Cross is not a posthumous medal for the fallen, but an emblem demonstrating tangible national recognition for service families for their loss.

Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Mushtaq Ahmad hosted the ceremony which was attended by, families from across the county and representatives of the armed forces.

Lord Lieutenant Ahmad said: ““The Cross will become a permanent reminder of those who laid down their lives and a tribute to the families who have grieved with such pride and dignity. Their loss will not be forgotten.”