ALMOST 70 years after the end of WWII, the forgotten men of the Lanarkshire Yeomanry will finally be honoured with a memorial in Carluke.
Due to be unveiled on Friday, June 21, in Market Place, it will be a fitting tribute to the men who fought and died for the Yeomanry, taking pride of place alongside memorials honouring Carluke’s Victoria Cross winners – including Yeomanry soldier Sgt Thomas Caldwell – and the town’s other war dead.
During WWII, over 500 members of the 155th Lanarkshire Yeomanry were taken prisoner by the Japanese and slaved for years in hell camps spread all over the Far East.
More men of the regiment died on the Death Railway in Thailand or in camps in Taiwan, Japan and Borneo, than fell in action.
For more on this story pick up a copy of the Carluke Gazette which is in the shops now.