CARLUKE residents joined members of William Angus’s family to pay tribute to the Victoria Cross winner on the 100th anniversary of his heroic deed this afternoon.
A memorial stone was unveiled in the town’s Market Square by Provost Eileen Logan and Mr Angus’s grandson Peter Buxton as hundreds of people, ranging from school children to ex service personnel looked on.
In his speech to the gathering, Mr Buxton said: “My grandfather did not consider himself a hero; he was just a lucky man to survive.”
Mr Buxton added that this was a particularly poignant anniversary for the Angus family for another reason - this was the same day that two of the sons of Mr Angus had been taken prisoner during World War Two.
Members of the Angus family had travelled from across the country for the ceremony which had been opened by Provost Eileen Logan and a poem read by St Athanasius Primary pupil Esther O’Hara.
The war hero’s grand-daughter Pauline, who lives in Heathrow, said: “It was a lovely service and was very appropriate for the occasion.
“I was quite touched when the stone was unveiled.”