Outrage at attack on war heroes' graves

Commonwealth War Graves Commission hits out at an act of vandalism on war graves in Dalziel (Globe) Cemetery ahead of remembrance time

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Stones marking the graves of three Commonwealth soldiers from the First World War have been deliberately smashed.

Iain Anderson, the CWGC's Manager for war graves in Scotland said: "In a few days we are due to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. It beggars belief that someone could do this at any time but at this time of year it is particularly upsetting.

"We are sending a team of our craftsmen to the cemetery to see what can be done. Those markers beyond repair will be placed on priority order, while we hope others can be repaired.

"We will restore the war graves to a standard befitting the sacrifice of those buried here as soon as possible and will never allow such acts to diminish the memory of those who paid so high a price for the freedoms we enjoy."

Commonwealth war graves sign The twelve war graves in the cemetery were marked with a form of pedestal stone - known to the CWGC as a Gallipoli marker - in 2016. This form of marker was first used by the CWGC after the First World War in Gallipoli, Turkey.

Councillor David Cullen, Armed Forces and Veterans Champion for North Lanarkshire, said: "This act of vandalism is utterly deplorable. These War Graves honour the memory of people who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and deserve to be treated with care and respect."

Jim Logue, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, added: "We were appalled to learn of this mindless act of vandalism within a cemetery. At a time when the nation is preparing to mark the Centenary of the end of the Great War, this despicable act is all the more galling. We are urgently meeting with the War Graves Commission to discuss what action can be taken to make repairs. Anyone with information about this crime should contact the police." 

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