Like every other area and region throughout the country, Lanarkshire’s First World War combatants acquitted themselves with dignity, tenacity and valour wherever they fought or were stationed during the conflict.
However, for such a relatively small geographical area it is astonishing to note that nine Lanarkshire men were awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War, one of the highest area totals in the whole country.
The memorial to our overall VC winners (fourteen in total) stands proudly in Hamilton Town Centre. It was erected in 2006 after a public appeal for funding backed by the local councils, civic society, media and community groups.
It is inscribed thus with a specially-commissioned poem written by a local school pupil, Anna Smith from Our Lady’s High in Motherwell:
You are heroes in our hearts, and that you’ll always stay
Courageous and heroic in every possible way.
You sacrificed so much for us - a debt we can’t repay.
You fought for us and bled for us and we thank you on this day.
Memorials and Rolls of Honour will be included in this section, and the stories of Lanarkshire's VC winners will appear in the People section during the commemorative period.