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Soldier who died on Armistice Day is commemorated with headstone

09 November 2016

The CWGC re-installed 13 headstones in Glasgow Southern Necropolis Cemetery on Wednesday, November 9, of which one is for a soldier who died on Armistice Day.

Private Allan McLachlan of the 3rd Battalion, Cameron Highlanders, died on November 11, 1918 at the age of 33, after suffering complications from gas poisoning while in the trenches. He left behind a wife Margaret and three children who all lived at 34 Edmund Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow.

Allan’s Grandson, John Menzies, aged 75, and Great Grandson, Craig, aged 47, are thrilled that Allan will have a CWGC headstone. Craig was there on the day to see the headstone being installed and can now pay his respects at Allan’s graveside.

The CWGC headstones were taken out in the 1950s, when the cemetery, which was privately owned, fell into disrepair.

The Commission decided at the time to take the original headstones away and commemorate the men at Eastwood Cemetery.

Now after more than 60 years, and following a review by CWGC, it was agreed every grave would be re-marked, as this is one of the Commission’s fundamental principles.

Craig Menzies, formerly of the Royal Navy, said: “My Great Grandfather was lost to us in the family history until recently, but now his headstone is being replaced, my family and I can once again commemorate this one hero amongst many countless others. We are very grateful to the Commonwealth War Graves for what they have done.”

Glasgow Southern Necropolis is in the centre of Glasgow.