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Lanarkshire Constabulary, Hamilton

 
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David McNay
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:39 pm    Post subject: Lanarkshire Constabulary, Hamilton Reply with quote

This memorial is situated in the ground of the Hamilton Sheriff Court, and is looking in need of a good cleaning.

It's also very close to the boundary fence, which makes it very hard to get a good photograph of the entire memorial.



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:05 pm    Post subject: Lanarkshire Constabulary Reply with quote

RPOAS news Oct 2010 -magazine of the Retired Police Officers Assoc Scotland : page 21:

Lanarkshire Branch : Lanarkshire Constabulary's Forgotten War Heroes:

In 2008 a member of the RPOAS Lanarkshire branch imformed the Branch Committee of the discovery of Lanarkshire Constabulary's War Memorial in what is now Car Park No 8 of Hamilton Sheriff Court . In reporting the find the Committee learned that the names of the memorial had faded and the Branch took action to have the War Memorial refurbished and the names restored .

The Memorial , sadly partially concealed from view by a hedge , is in the shape of a Celtic Cross and stands about 12 feet high. On one side it bears the inscription "Lanarkshire Constabulary the Great War 1914 to 1918 in Memory of the Fallen Comrades " along with the names of 24 Police Constables who had lost their lives in that War. The opposing side bears the inscription , " 1939 to 1945 in Memory of Fallen Comrades" with a further 10 names of Constables who fell in the Conflict .

The matter of the state of the Memorial was raised with the Sheriff Clerk's Office at Hamilton resulting in it being renovated in time for the Armistice Service on Sunday 8th November 2009 at which time there was a service of rededication . The Service was conducted by the Police Chaplain in the presence of a contingent of Strathclyde Police Officers , members of the British Legion (Scotland ) and the Salvation Army , along with members of the Sheriff Court and , of course the RPOAS Lanarkshire Branch Committee .

Additional funds have since provided by the Strathclyde Police Benevolent Fund to aid the further restoration to former glory to the names of Lanarkshire Constabulary's No Longer Forgotten Heroes .

Further information on the Memorial or the names of the fallen can be obtained from the RPOAS Lanarkshire Branch Secretary .


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Delboy

(Glasgow Herald 10th April 1915)
"Intimation was received yesterday at Motherwell Police Office that Private George Bain, 1st Scots Guards, was killed in the trenches on March 4. He was one of three Motherwell Policemen who joined the Scots Guards when war broke out. The two others, Constables Alex. Peters and David Woods, are reported missing and probably killed. Bain momentarily exposed his head over the trenches when he was shot by a German sniper. He was 22 years of age, and a native of Elginshire. Peters belonged to Aberdeenshire and Woods to Forfarshire."

(Glasgow Herald 30th April 1915)
"Information has just been received of the death of Private David Wood, of the Scots Guards, who was wounded on January 29 and taken prisoner. His death took place at Douai on February 1st in hospital. He was in the Motherwell Police Force prior to enlisting. He was 26 years of age"
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:29 pm    Post subject: Lanarkshire Constabulary Reply with quote

John Aird was born in Motherwell on 18 October 1891. He was the son of Robert Aird and his wife Sarah Jenkins. Prior to enlisting, John was a constable stationed at Bellshill Police Office and was residing with his parents in Blantyre. He enlisted at Glasgow and joined the 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. His service number was 11888. He was a L/Cpl at the time of his death. He arrived in France on 4 January 1915 and was reported missing in action on 25 January when the trenches he was serving were blown up. His is commemorated on Le Touret Memorial.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:46 pm    Post subject: Lanarkshire Constabulary Reply with quote

George Bain was born in Lhanbryde, Morayshire on 29 August 1892 to Andrew Bain and his wife, Helen Kilbrae. He was a Police Constable at Motherwell and enlisted at Motherwell. George was a a Private with the Scots Guards 1st Battalion. His service number was 10259. He was killed in action on 4 April 1915 and is buried at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez. George is remembered on the War Memorials at Lhanbryde and Motherwell.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:01 pm    Post subject: Lanarkshire Constabulary Reply with quote

Thomas Bennett was one of three Constables of Lanarkshire Constabulary who died on 25 January, 1915 while all were serving with the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards. They are remembered on the Le Touret Memorial.
Thomas was born on 20 June 1894 and was a native of Kirriemuir, Forfarshire. He was the son of Thomas McLaren and Catherine Robertson Bennett. Thomas enlisted at Hamilton joining the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards. His army service number was 10981. He was a private when he was reported missing in action.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:52 pm    Post subject: Lanarkshire Constabulary Reply with quote

Robert McAuslane Beveridge was born on 7 January 1887 in Cherrybank, Perthshire to Alexander Beveridge and his wife Ann Taylor. Robert joined the Black Watch on 30 October, 1905 when he was nineteen years of age. In 1906 he was posted to India and remained there until 1912. He was attached to the Regimental Police between 1909 and 1912. Robert was part of the bodyguard to the King and Queen on the event of the 'Durbar' in 1911 for which he received the King's Medal. Around April 1913, he left the army and joined Lanarkshire Constabulary. Robert was a Constable at Rutherglen when, as a reservist, he was called up on 6 August 1914. He joined the 1st Battalion, Black Watch, with the Regimental Number 401. He suffered a head wound at the Battle of Aisne and died in No. 3 General Hospital, St. Nazaire on 28 September 1914. He is buried at Saint Nazaire (Toutes Aides) Cemetery.
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