Villagers pay tribute to soldiers killed in action

Major General Mark Strudwick (left) with Will Cameron at the launch of the Uddingston Community Centre roll of honour
Major General Mark Strudwick (left) with Will Cameron at the launch of the Uddingston Community Centre roll of honour
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Uddingston Community Centre has unveiled a memorial to military personnel lost in recent conflicts.

It commemorates 50 soldiers, either serving in Scottish regiments or born in Scotland, who have been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2003.

The memorial comprises a light box featuring images of life on tour built by Uddingston villager John Logan, paintings of soldiers in uniform from various decades by local artist Duncan Brown and a video homage to the dead collated by Will Brown, of Uddingston Community Centre.

The installation will be based at the community centre, but will be available for other groups to borrow to raise awareness and funding for military charities.

Major General Mark Strudwick, chairman of the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh, welcomed representatives of the British Legion, Erskine Hospital, and military charity Help for Heroes who joined members of the Uddingston community at the launch on Friday.

He said: “I am delighted the Uddingston community has taken this initiative. It’s a great amount of work by a lot of dedicated people and is a fine way of remembering the young soldiers who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Thorniewood councillor Bob Burrows helped steer the project and paid tribute to the work of John Logan who was unable to attend due to illness

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He said: “John came up with the link with the light box which depicts various parts of the armed forces. I understand that groups will be able to take it out with them for fundraising purposes which I am sure will be very beneficial.

“This is all about honouring young people and it is important they be remembered.”

Among those honoured in Mr Cameron’s video tribute were Sergeant Stuart Millar, from Motherwell, Corporal Jonathan Moore, from Hamilton, and Bellshill-born Corporals Thomas Mason and John Harrison.

He said: “I was extremely nervous, but very happy with how it came off.

“Fifty young soldiers have lost their lives in recent years and I was pleased to help honour their memory. Hopefully it will raise lots of money for military charities.”

Funding for the memorial came from Tunnock’s Bakery, Tortolano’s Cafe, Uddingston Veterinary Centre and Uddingston Community Centre. They were thanked at the unveiling for their contributions.