War effort is recognised

4511023 SSFF veterans medals 'Mrs Elizabeth Bogie with Gordon Brown MP who presented her Veterans Medal at the Johnstone Suite, Adam Smith College, Kirkcaldy
4511023 SSFF veterans medals 'Mrs Elizabeth Bogie with Gordon Brown MP who presented her Veterans Medal at the Johnstone Suite, Adam Smith College, Kirkcaldy

OVER 20 ex-servicemen and women from Fife have been presented with special Veterans Badges to honour their efforts made during World War Two.

MPs Gordon Brown and Lindsay Roy handed over the badges and certificates at a ceremony at Adam Smith College in Kirkcaldy.

Most of the veterans were able to accept their awards personally, while relatives stood in for the few who couldn’t make it on the day.

Paying tribute to the men and women, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown said it was entirely appropriate that as Remembrance Sunday approached, they should tribute to everyone who had done so much for the security and safety of the United Kingdom, and not just those who had died in the service.

“That’s why when I had a chance in Government, I wanted to set up a special commemoration for these people and that’s why we created the Veterans badge,” he said.

Accolade

“Such recognition is long overdue and they deserve this accolade for your professionalism, courage and dedicated service.”

Elizabeth Bogie (92) from Kirkcaldy was one of the recipients at the event. She joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and worked as a teleprinter operator all across the UK.

In 1945 she was given special leave to get married to Daniel Bogie also from Kirkcaldy.

They were married at the Strathearn Hotel on June 15, five months before Elizabeth was demobbed.

She said: “It was a good ceremony and everything went fine. I was a bit scared at first but I was very proud to have gone.

“Gordon Brown was very nice, he had no airs or graces about him and Mr Roy came over and shook my hand and we had a lovely chat.”

Mr Roy said, “It is a great honour and privilege to hand over badges to those who did such an outstanding job on behalf of their country.

“Their selfless conduct is a superb example for us all and this event rightly honours the sacrifice and commitment every single one of them made.”