War heroes to receive honour in home town

An example of how the paving stones honouring  VC recipients look
An example of how the paving stones honouring VC recipients look

Six war heroes from North Lanarkshire are to be honoured with commemorative paving stones in their home towns.

In August 2013, the UK Government announced a campaign to remember Victoria Cross recipients from the First World War.

As part of this, commemorative paving stones will be laid in the birth place of recipients to honour their bravery, provide a lasting legacy of local heroes within communities and enable residents to gain a greater understanding of how their area fitted into the First World War story.

A total of 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded during the First World War and recipients born in North Lanarkshire include James Richardson from Bellshill who won the honour for his actions on October 8-9, 1916, at the Somme in France and William Clamp from Motherwell who won his on October 9, 1917, at the Battle of Poelcapelle in Belgium.

The other recipients being honoured are David Lauder and John O’Neill from Airdrie, John Carmichael from Glenmavis and William Milne from Cambusnethan.

North Lanarkshire Council has agreed to cover the costs of laying and maintaining the stones which will be provided by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Special ceremonies to unveil the commemorative stones will take place in each of the men’s home towns to coincide with the anniversary of the battle for which they were awarded the Victoria Cross.

Provost Jim Robertson, Armed Forces Champion for North Lanarkshire, said: “These brave men risked so much for their country, and it is fitting that we honour their memory in each of their home towns.”

More information about commemorative events marking the centenary of the Great War can be found on the council website.