Wreath Laying Ceremony and Guided Tours of Rutherglen Cemetery War Graves

20th October 2018

A short wreath laying ceremony is to be held at the “other” Cenotaph at the Mill Street entrance to Rutherglen Cemetery on Friday 9thNovember 2018 at 2pm in commemoration of those who suffered and died in the First World War. There will also be two guided tours of the numerous war graves in the cemetery, the first at 11am and the second following the Wreath Laying at about 2.15pm.

Rutherglen South Councillor Robert Brown, who has organised the event, said:

“The main Cenotaph is of course the one in the West End of Rutherglen at the junction of Mill Street and Burnhill Street near the West Parish Church. In this Centenary year of the Armistice which ended the Great War, we are looking for a tremendous turn out for the Remembrance wreath laying ceremony there on Sunday November 11that 12.30pm which is Rutherglen’s main commemoration of those who suffered and died in war. The Cenotaph event will be attended by civic, community and religious leaders, the uniformed youth organisations and representatives of many local organisations including the secondary schools.

However the Council is also keen to hold appropriate ceremonies at all the 44 Cenotaphs throughout South Lanarkshire so we have organised this smaller event at the Cenotaph in Rutherglen Cemetery, associated with 2 guided tours of the war graves there conducted by Jane Barton of Turnstone Geneology who has researched the history of many of the graves. The Wreath laying ceremony will be conducted by Rev Alistair May, Minister of Stonelaw Parish Church.

Unlike the main Cenotaph, the memorial in Rutherglen Cemetery contains no names. It is a Sword of Remembrance memorial and the inscription on 3 sides of the structure reads –

THIS CROSS OF SACRIFICE IS ONE IN DESIGN
AND INTENTION WITH THOSE WHICH HAVE
BEEN SET UP IN FRANCE AND BELGIUM AND
OTHER PLACES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
WHERE OUR DEAD OF THE
GREAT WAR ARE LAID TO REST

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

Members of the public interested in one of the tours or in attending the Wreath laying should meet at the Cemetery Cenotaph at 11am for the guided tour or 2pm for the wreath laying and 2ndtour.  The Cemetery is quite steep in parts and one of the more interesting graves is located at the top so people should be prepared for a bit of a hike.

Many of the war graves in the Cemetery are of service personnel who came home but died after the War, perhaps of their injuries. For most of the war soldiers killed on the Western Front were buried there.“

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