Poignant tribute to villagers who lost their lives in two world wars

A new Garden of Remembrance was formally dedicated during a service in Gartcosh on Remembrance Sunday.

Father Kenny Campbell from St Barbara’s Roman Catholic Church, in Muirhead, Reverend Dave Slater, of Gartcosh Parish Church, and Lorna Mortis, rector of St Paul’s and St John the Evangelist Scottish Episcopal Church in Monklands, led the service, which was attended by elected members, representatives of local community groups and residents.

The memorial, which is located at the entrance to the park in Lochend Road, includes the names of local servicemen who lost their lives in both world wars and other conflicts around the world.

North Lanarkshire Provost JamesRobertson said: “The service was a proud moment for the community in Gartcosh, as it recognises all the local servicemen who lost their lives in conflicts world-wide.

“It is fitting that the memorial was created and dedicated as the country remembers the centenary of World War 1, and it means the village has a lasting tribute to local heroes.”

The initiative was funded by North Lanarkshire Council’s Local Development Programme.

Councillor John Mclaren said: “The site was originally earmarked for this memorial by Councillor Robert Coyle 20 years ago .

“I know his wife, who still lives in the area, is thrilled to see it finally built.

“It’s also fantastic for the kids as they will grow up to respect the sacrifices made as the memorial is at the entrance to their park.”

Councillor Frances McGlinchey said: After it was discovered that the names of locals who had lost their lives during the world wars had not been included on the first memorial, residents and North Lanarkshire council felt it was important to rectify this. It’s great for the community, as for some families this is the first time they have seen their relatives name remembered in this way.”