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VICTORIA CROSSES of LANARKSHIRE

I discovered through my research that my home county of Lanarkshire had fourteen Victoria Crosses, a fact that no organisation, newspaper or authority under the sun was aware of. I then painted each man's story of how he won the highest honour and then organised an exhibition to show to the world their stories.
A press campaign then begun to help raise public monies which culminated in the unveiling of the superb monument which now stands in Hamilton 's New Town Square displaying each man's name and regiment and where he won his honour.

Bill Reid VC & me
VC Banner Piper

I have since written the book on each man's individual fantastic story.

I was also very proud to know Bill Reid V.C. before he died. He was a great source of information and encouragement towards the raising of the monument


‘Two things have changed not since the world began,
The beauty of the great green earth, and the bravery of man.'

All sales from prints from this section of the Victoria Crosses of Lanarkshire goes to Erskine Hospital in Glasgow , to the old soldiers there who ‘bought' us the time and gave us the freedom to do what we will in this life of ours so dearly bought.
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Sergeant John O'Neill...from Hamilton 2nd Bn. The Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment V.C. won in Belgium, 1918
Private David MacKay...from Auchenheath 93rd Sutherland Highlanders V.C. won in India, 1857
Lance Corporal John Brown Hamilton...from Cambuslang 1/9th Bn. The Highland Light Infantry V.C. won in Belgium, 1917
Corporal Willie Clamp
A/Flight Lieutenant Bill Reid...from Baillieston 61 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve V.C. won in Germany, 1943
Corporal Willie Clamp...from Motherwell 6th Bn. The Yorkshire Regiment ( Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own ) V.C. won in Belgium, 1917
Piper James Richardson...from Bellshill 16th Manitoba Regiment ( Canadian Scottish )C.E.F. V.C. won at The Somme, France
Lance Corporal Willie Angus
Private Willie Milne
Lance Corporal Willie Angus...from Carluke 8th Bn. The Highland Light Infantry V.C. won in France, 1915
Private Willie Milne...from Wishaw 16th Manitoba Regiment ( Canadian Scottish )C.E.F. V.C. won in France, 1917
Lieutenant Frederick Robertson-Aikman...from Hamilton 3rd Sikh Irregular Cavalry V.C. won in India, 1858

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