A soldier from Newarthill who was the last fighter to be injured in the Falklands War has died suddenly at the age of 52.
Sergeant Ian Morton was hit by a grenade and shrapnel during the battle for Mount Tumbledown in June 1982. He sustained his wounds just 15 minutes before Argentine forces surrendered.
Despite his injuries, he continued in the Second Battalion Scots Guards for another 11 years before moving back to Newarthill with his family.
Ian later moved to Oxfordshire where he was found dead at his home on Hogmanay.
His death has shocked his wife Karen and daughter Candice (30), who now live in Kilmarnock, and sons Robert (26) and Ross (21).
Candice explained: “Dad was our hero. He was away on duty a lot and couldn’t wait to get home.
“Christmas with the family was his time - he loved it. He used to tell us amazing stories and his sense of humour was off the scale.
“Dad was supposed to be coming here to see his grandson after Christmas. I got worried when he didn’t arrive and phoned the police who found him on Hogmanay.”
Ian worked as a security team leader for BMW at Cowley in Oxfordshire.
The family spent 11 years in Newarthill after he left the army. Ian has many relatives in this area and was especially close to his nephew Jason McLaughlin who lives in Newarthill.
Sergeant Morton’s funeral will be held, with military honours, at Banbury in Oxfordshire on Wednesday, January 21.
His daughter, Candice, expects a huge crowd to pay tribute judging by the ‘unbelievable’ number of messages of sympathy and support received.
She said: “Dad was a big motorbike fan and Kevin Powell, from his bike club, has been a big help. Thanks also to Kevin Gorman, dad’s best friend, whom he knew from the army. I don’t know what we’d have done without him at this time.”