World War II fallen remembered at Eckford

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Six local men who died during WW2 were remembered in a special rededication service on November 11, at Eckford Parish Church, where their names have been added to the WW1 memorial.

There was an excellent turnout for the service, including relatives of some of the men, who were joined by local residents and representatives of various organisations including the Royal British Legion.

The service was led by the Rev Frank Campbell. Jane Brydon, granddaughter of Private William Anderson Brown from Marlefied, laid a posy of poppies in tribute to her grandfather who died as a result of a Home Guard training exercise, aged 28.

The project came about when local residents, Margaret Jeary and Charlie Robertson, noticed that the WW2 names were missing from the memorial and felt that it would be a fitting tribute to have them added. The funds were raised through a grant from Charity Begins at Home to enable the following men to be recognised: Pvt William Brown, Home Guards; Lieutenant Charles Buist, Royal Navy; Sgt James Inglis, RAF; Pilot Officer James Jackson, RAF VR; Sheriff Sgt Alexander Scott, RAF and Pvt Ronald Smith, Durham Light Infantry.

Many stories were shared during refreshments at Eckford Village Hall after the event.