Private David Ross Lauder, VC
Private David Ross Lauder was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military honour given to Armed Forces personnel in the British Empire and Commonwealth countries, for his heroic actions in Gallipoli on 13 August 1915.
David, from Airdrie, served in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers at Cape Helles in Turkey. On 13 August 1915 David, who was only 21 at the time, threw a grenade that failed to clear the parapet and fell back among him and his comrades. He immediately reacted and used his foot to smother the bomb which blew off his foot, but his brave actions minimised the explosion so no-one else was hurt. The wound later became infected and a larger part of his leg had to be amputated. David received his Victoria Cross from King George V in March 1917.
On 13 August 2015, a special commemorative stone was unveiled in memory of David at Greengairs Parish Church in Airdrie.
Unveiling the memorial, Provost of North Lanarkshire Jim Robertson said:
The sacrifice and bravery of those who fought in the Great War must not be forgotten and it gives me great pride to officially dedicate this memorial to our hero David Lauder.
The service was attended by family relatives including his grandson’s granddaughter and great great grandson. Cabinet Secretary Alex Neil MSP and local MP Neil Gray were also laid wreaths at the service.
In August 2013, the UK Government announced a campaign to remember Victoria Cross recipients from the First World War. As part of this, commemorative paving stones will be laid in the birth place of recipients to provide a lasting legacy within communities.
Private Lauder's memorial stone is thus the first of several to be installed within the North Lanarkshire area over the centenary commemoratvie period.
With thanks to North Lanarkshire Council.
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