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Highland VC heroes remembered

Crosses of remembrance
Crosses of remembrance

An unprecedented weekend of events marking Remembrance Day in the north included special tributes to two Victoria Cross recipients.

Senior naval ranks travelled from the Faslane base to the Inverness graveside of city-born Rear Admiral Anthony Miers VC on Saturday, for a wreath laying ceremony in his honour.

Sir Anthony, who served in the submarine service during WWII, is buried at Tomnahurich Cemetery.

He was rewarded for valour in command of HM Submarine Torbay “in a daring and successful raid on shipping in a defended enemy harbour.”

Shortly after the service, veterans and serving personnel paid special respects to earlier VC recipient, Ross-shire-born Colour

Sergeant James Munro who is buried at the city’s Craig Dunain Hospital Cemetery.

Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael unveiled a new memorial bench in honour of the officer, who served with the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders during the Crimean War.

He received the VC for rescuing an officer “while wounded and in danger of his life.”

Sgt Munro was later discharged due to illness caused by his wounds.

Respects were also paid yesterday at the dramatic setting of the iconic Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge where a service was led by Rev Richard Baxter, the new minister at Duncansburgh Macintosh Church in Fort William, and Rev Morag Whitehead.

All armed forces were represented among a crowd of several hundred people at the annual Cavell Gardens remembrance service in Inverness, while in Nairn, St Ninian’s Church’s Rev Tommy Bryson led a service before wreaths were laid at the war memorial.

Despite persistent rain in the Western Isles, a large crowd observed a two-minute silence at the main service, led by Rev Tommy Macneil of Martin’s Memorial Church of Scotland, at the Lewis War Memorial in Stornoway.

In Oban, pupils from Oban High School laid a wreath at a well attended service at the esplanade war memorial.

Roddy McCuish, chairman of Argyll and Bute Council’s area committee, said he was inspired by the high level of interest among local youngsters.

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