Scotland West Region

The West Scotland region includes cemeteries and memorials in Argyll and Bute, Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde, Ayrshire, the City of Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Dumfries and Galloway, and the Western and Southern Isles.

In this region the CWGC commemorates more than 8,000 service personnel at more than 360 locations.

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Meet the Team

I’m Patricia, and I am the Public Engagement Coordinator for Scotland.

I have been working for the Commission for over three years, and very much enjoy engaging the public with the 21,000 plus commemorations we have for casualties in Scotland. We look after cemeteries in Orkney and Islay, and care for thousands of graves across the country, ranging from several hundred in the cities to individual graves in towns, villages and islands, and each one has a story.

I can offer talks, cemetery tours and school visits, and much more. We have volunteering opportunities in every area, including with the Speakers’ Programme and tours. The most satisfying part of my job is helping people find the resting places of their family members, especially when they have had no idea that we care for that person’s grave or where. As someone who has ten family members with CWGC commemorations, I know how important this connection is.

I am lucky to be able to represent the Commission at many national events here in Scotland, and my proudest moment was laying a wreath at the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle on Anzac Day.

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Hi, I’m Iain and I am the Regional Manager for the Commissions work in Scotland. Across the Scotland East and West Regions my teams work at 1,275 locations, from inner city cemeteries to isolated graveyards on the Scottish Isles.

My team and I don’t just cover mainland Scotland and the Scottish Islands, we also look after war graves on Iceland and the Faroe Islands. In the UK, we’ve arguably got the toughest geography to deal with. On top of the variety you’ll find all across the country, many of our sites in the Highlands and Islands can only be reached by plane, boat and at times on foot. Given the harsh weather conditions in this part of the world, we often have narrow windows in which to complete projects, and at times have to postpone inspections to avoid getting stranded during storms.

My role is very varied and includes many tasks including overall responsibility of the team, managing the budget, dealing with enquiries, maintaining and improving overall standards, ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations and general issues that affect our work. I also work with representatives from local authorities and other stakeholders regarding the work we carry out. With such a large spread of sites, we rely on support in the community, to compliment the work of my team. I represent the Commission in Scotland, attending events and ceremonies as required. The team are based in Alloa.

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Hi, I’m Robert and I am the Regional Operations Coordinator for Scotland. I lead a team of gardeners and skilled maintenance craftsmen (SMCs), caring for over 21,000 war graves at almost 1,300 locations across the Scotland East and Scotland West Regions. 

Three gardeners look after our horticultural plots, and our three SMCs clean, inpaint, straighten and replace CWGC headstones. My job is to make sure we have staff and resources in the right place at the right time so that the casualties are appropriately commemorated, and our high standards are maintained. 

Working at so many locations means there are always different issues to deal with, whether it’s rabbits eating all the plants at Annan Cemetery, long grass and ticks on the uninhabited St Finan’s Isle in Lochaber, wind and salt spray killing border plants in Lerwick, or the constant dampness at so many West Coast and Northern Isles sites that causes extreme lichen growth on the headstones.

It’s not just far flung places that bring challenges – inner-city cemeteries can be very overgrown, with hidden trip hazards and toppled headstones blocking the way. Whether it’s a single grave that needs a return ferry trip to check it, such as at Knoydart, or a large site with hundreds of graves like Cathcart on the edge of Glasgow, it’s all in day’s work for our team here in Scotland. 

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