First Remembrance Day at new Craigneuk memorial

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Veterans and friends of the Armed Forces will commemorate the sacrifice made by fallen comrades and relatives during a Remembrance Day service on Friday, November 11, at Craigneuk’s new-look war memorial.

This ceremony at 10.45am will be the first to take place since the names of all 245 local men who died on active service in all conflicts since the First World War were inscribed on the monument earlier this year, after campaigners raised more than £65,000 to complete the work.

Bernard Sweeney, who served with the Cameronian Scottish Rifles between 1962 and ‘72, said: “Every year, around the world, people gather to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice but having the names of those men on the memorial now gives the day added meaning.

“These weren’t nameless or faceless soldiers who died in foreign countries, they were relatives, friends and colleagues of local families, many of whom still stay in Craigneuk and it is right that people can now come here and read the names of those who are no longer with us but whose spirit lives on in this memorial.”

A plaque on the memorial is dedicated to Corporal William Clamp, one of only 1,353 recipients of the Victoria Cross (VC), the British Army’s highest award for bravery.

Corporal Clamp received his VC posthumously after being killed by an enemy sniper at Poelcapelle, Belgium, in October 1917 after storming a German machine gun nest and capturing 20 enemy soldiers.