Rathillet war memorial set to be rededicated

Councillor Brett at the memorial, where the names of the fallen from WW2 have been added. (Photo: Dave Scott)
Councillor Brett at the memorial, where the names of the fallen from WW2 have been added. (Photo: Dave Scott)
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A rededication service is to be held at the war memorial in Rathillet following the inscription of the names of locals who died in the Second World War.

Until very recently, the village memorial only listed the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War, while nearly all of those killed between 1939 and 1945 were listed on the font at Kilmany church.

Councillor Tim Brett, working with representatives from Creich, Flisk and Kilmany Church and the Rathillet community, arranged for the names to be added, with brief biographical details also available.

The rededication service will get under way on Sunday, March 22, at 12.30pm, following morning worship at Kilmany church. .

Councillor Brett said this week: “The local community is particularly keen to invite any family members of those who died in the Second World War to attend the brief rededication ceremony.

“If any families are still living in the area, they are warmly invited to attend the ceremony and stay for light refreshments afterwards in Rathillet Hall.”

The WW2 personnel who lost their lives were: Gunner Peter Glen Robertson, Pilot Officer Francis Mchardy, Flight Sgt Andrew McKay, Sgt Patrick Carnegie Bell, Lieut. John Alexander Bell, Lance Sergeant Michael Carney, Sapper Robert Carney, Private John Pettigrew, Lieut. James Graham Stewart Henderson, Radio Officer David Mitchell, Private David White, Stoker William Ward and Aircraftsman Daniel Douglas.

Lieutenant Henderson’s name was also omitted from the church font, owing to his duties with a secretive unit during the war, which were not declassified until many years later. He was just 20 – and in line to receive the Military Cross - when he was killed in action in Holland in 1944.