War dead will be remembered

More names are set to be added to Bellshill War Memorial
More names are set to be added to Bellshill War Memorial

Bellshill’s forgotten war dead will soon be remembered as the town commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

Having been awarded £30,000 from North Lanarkshire Council’s regeneration fund, Bellshill and District Local Area Partnership (LAP) have been looking for ideas to mark the centenary.

Plans to upgrade the War Memorial are underway, with ideas submitted by members of the community, war veterans and local schools currently under consideration.

These include installing plaques to highlight important battles involving Scots, providing seating, making significant environmental improvements and having commemorative writing on the slabs.

Key to the plans are to include the names of local people who died in the Great War, but until now have not been listed on the War Memorial.

Mossend and Holytown councillor Frank McNally said: “Funding to improve the War Memorial is in place and the initial plans look terrific.

“In this centenary year of the Great War it is important to commemorate all those from our community who sacrificed their lives, and so a key part of the project is to add missing names to the War Memorial.

“A number of local people have already highlighted that their ancestors are not named on the memorial. This is something that must be rectified, and these improvements give us an excellent opportunity to do so.

“I would encourage people whose descendants fought and died, and are not recognised on the war memorial, to get in touch.”

Local people with ancestors counted among the war dead, but not recognised on the War Memorial, should call local regeneration manager Matt Costello by May 4 on 01698 403200 or e-mail RegenerationAdmin@northlan.gov.uk.