World War II veteran looks back on nine decades...

REG MOUNTFORD

REG MOUNTFORD

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A WAR hero who helped thousands of concentration camp survivors find new homes has celebrated his 90th birthday.

Reginald Mountford marked the occasion alongside family and friends at a champagne party in Lillyburn Carehome, in Milton of Campsie.

Originally from the English village of Maidford, Reg has lived in East Dunbartonshire since 1942, when he married local girl Catharine Barrett.

He signed up to the army when he was 19 and for more than three years fought in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Prussia.

Towards the end of the war he helped thousands of concentration camp survivors, including those from the camps at Dachau, find new homes across the world.

He told the Herald: “Most of them just had a name and a number. We sent them to Europe, to the US, Canada, all over the place.

“I remember they looked like they had been worked to death. They were only about 45-years-old, but looked 30 years older.”

On returning to Scotland he helped build some of the first radar bases in the country - in Lenzie, Bearsden, Bridge of Weir and Kilwinning - before returning to England for two years to resume work as a builder.

He then moved back up to Kirkintilloch, where he got a job with Scottish Power, and raised his three children.

Reg now also has six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Since the war he has been a strong supporter of the Poppy Appeal, hitting the streets every year from 1947-2010 to collect money.