Remembrance Day return for Lenzie war memorial

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A WAR memorial to commemorate hospital staff who lost their lives during World War 1 has returned to its original home.

The Woodilee War Memorial was erected at Woodilee Mental Hospital in Lenzie in 1922 to commemorate 20 members of staff who lost their lives during World War I.

It was moved temporarily to Waterloo Close, in Hillhead, Kirkintilloch, a number of years ago when the hospital was closed and the site was levelled for the Woodilee Village housing development.

Depute Provost of East Dunbartonshire Anne Jarvis has worked tirelessly to have the memorial - which is a drinking fountain - returned to its rightful place.

Troops from 32 Signal Regiment (Volunteers), at the request of East Dunbartonshire Council, have project managed its return to Woodilee Village.

This Friday and Sunday, special services will take place at the memorial in Garngaber Avenue.

Anne Jarvis said: “I have been working for so long to bring the memorial back to its rightful place and I am delighted that this has now been achieved. It is important that we remember the men from Woodilee who fought in the Great War and paid the ultimate price for their country and that we remember them.”

Major Terry McVey, project officer from 32 Signal Regiment (Volunteers), said: “Members of 32 Signal Regiment (Volunteers) will be present at the Armistice Day/Remembrance Sunday Parade at the memorial on November 11.

“The parade commences at 12.45pm and I urge all the residents of Woodilee Village, along with the people of Lenzie and surrounding area, to attend.”

Doug Riddell, project director for the Woodilee Housing Consortium said: “The consortium of housebuilders at Woodilee Village are delighted that the war memorial is being relocated to its original site, now in the heart of the new housing development.”

This Friday (November 9) at Woodilee there will be a dedication service by Reverend Moira Jamieson, of St Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Lenzie, at 11am. It’s hoped that as many people as possible will go along and take part in the service. Then on Remembrance Sunday at 12.45pm, the community will come together to mark the return of the memorial.

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