Families invited to add names to war memorials

Former service men and women remembered

Provost at Coatbridge

We are inviting families of local former service men and women to have their names remembered on local war memorials.

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War this month, the council will add the names of individuals who died in service or as a result of injuries sustained in service to their local memorial at no charge until the end of 2019.

Families whose relatives are not already named on a memorial can contact our Environmental Facilities section for more information on the process to add a name to a war memorial.

"The council maintains a number of memorials in North Lanarkshire, with the names of local service men and women who lost their lives in the two World Wars," said Provost Jean Jones.

"However, as more people are researching their family trees, there may be individuals from North Lanarkshire who are not already remembered on a memorial.

"To mark their war service and help their families pay tribute, we will add those names to their local memorial."

Margaret Ann Kerr recently contacted the council to ask that her uncle, Edward Kerr who served in the 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers in World War I and is laid to rest in the Commonwealth British Cemetery in Douchy-Les-Ayette in France, be added to the memorial in his home town of Coatbridge. Edward's name has now been added to the memorial and Margaret Ann attended the Remembrance Service there earlier this month, 100 years after her uncle's death.

To request that a name be added to a local memorial, the service man or woman must be recognised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and have been born, lived or died in North Lanarkshire. For more information, families should phone 01698 506300 or email duffyjac@northlan.gov.uk.

Families can find information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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