During the 1970’s, the plaque bearing the name of Blantyre soldiers who lost their lives in WW2, was stolen from the War memorial in High Blantyre Cemetery. (Sidenote, I can’t think of anything more disrespectful!).
As Cemeteries were the responsibility of Hamilton District Council Leisure &, Recreation Departments back then, official set about on a complex task of creating a new list of names. It was difficult as they only had a grainy photo of the old plaque with which to start work from.
An appeal went out in local press in Autumn 1978 and with some detective work, council officials, by October were able to reproduce a new plaque containing the previous names and rediscovering a revised total of 71 men for inclusion. The new plaque cost £788, which in todays money was worth around £4,500.
Local Councilor James Swinburne commented that the council should be congratulated on their diligence on restoring the monument.
(I got to this point in the post and realised I didn’t have a photo of the new plaque, so I’ve just returned from the cemetery (6/8/17) and took this to illustrate. A good clear photo of all the names. Perhaps there are more to be added?
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