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More than 80 war graves re-installed after 60 years

18 October 2016

A soldier has been commemorated on the centenary of his death today, October 18, after the CWGC re-instated his headstone, along with 84 others at Sighthill Cemetery in Glasgow.

Gunner James Motherwell of the 51st Division Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery, 51st Highland Division, died on October 18, 1916 aged just 32, leaving behind his wife Jane.

He would have died after coming home from injuries or illness sustained during his time fighting in the war effort.

There are also two brothers buried at Sighthill who will receive new headstones. Alexander Wyper, aged 22, Writer 3rd, Royal Navy, HMS Gunner, who died on May 15, 1918 and his older brother, John, Able Seaman, Royal Navy, who died on December 20, 1916.

They were the sons of William and Isabella Wyper, of 12 Edgefauld Road, Springburn, Glasgow.

From the Second World War, there is Sergeant Andrew McMillan Smith Brownlie in photograph top right, Royal Air Force, who died on March 16, 1942 aged just 29. He was the son of Thomas and Marion Smith Brownlie of Glasgow.

During the 1950s, the CWGC had to take down the headstones of 105 war dead it commemorates at the site as the cemetery had fallen into disrepair.

However, the last five years has seen the Commission work alongside Glasgow City Council to find and mark these men’s graves to be able to re-erect the headstones.

With the excellent work of Glasgow City Council, the site has now been maintained to such a high standard that the men who gave their lives during both world wars can once again be marked with a CWGC headstone.

Since the 1950s, all those buried at Sighthill have been commemorated at Dalziel (Globe) Cemetery, just down the road from where they lay.

We are asking people in the UK to get behind our Living Memory Project and help us discover the stories behind the headstones.