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Strachan was born in Bo'ness, Scotland and attended the Royal High School, Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh before emigrating to Canada in 1905. He homesteaded a farm in the Chauvin district, near Wainwright, Alberta.On 20th November 1917, Strachan took command of his squadron when its leader was killed by machine gun fire. Leading the surviving squadron onto enemy lines, he fought until the opposing battery fell silent – killing several enemy gunmen with his sword.His outstanding act of bravery led to his receipt of the Victoria Cross on 6th January 1918. For more information,...
Luca loses fight with rare condition
Our son Luca sadly lost his fight with his rare condition called ROHHAD syndrome which only affects 75 people in the world. ROHHAD stands for rapid-onset obesity with hypothalamic dysfunction, hypoventilation and autonomic dysregulation. It is a rare, life-threatening syndrome that affects the autonomic nervous system (which controls involuntary actions like breathing and your heartbeat) and the endocrine system. Luca died at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff in the early hours of Saturday 25th November after suffering a hyponatraemic seizure...
Jacqui Forster Obituary as published in The Guardian 25/6/18
Thousands of football and sports fans have reason to be thankful to my sister, Jacqui Forster, who has died aged 55 of multiple cancers nine years after first being diagnosed with breast cancer.
As head of casework and constitutional affairs at Supporters Direct, the organisation that promotes fans’ involvement in the running of their clubs and encourages them to form shareholding trusts, she helped to establish almost 200 such trusts across the country.
In 2017 she founded Women at the Game to encourage more women to go to...
Robert Seivewright Walker was born on 30th September 1926.
William McIlvanney was born and raised in Kilmarnock. His father, William, spent some of his early adult years as a miner and the proud working-class solidarity exemplified by mining communities was a permanent beacon for him and his writer son. The younger William’s mother, Helen, in spite of having left school at the age of 12 to work in a textile mill, was impressively literate. She was a lover of poetry and had a strength of character that, her children remembered, “could defuse any trouble with quiet persistence”. William was always close to his three older siblings, Betty, Neil and...
Precious son, beloved brother, true friend, ardent lover, wicked prankster, brilliant artist, clever curator and so much more.
On 1st July 2006 we stepped on a landmine and, for us, the world was blown to smithereens. Our beautiful son Nicholas had been killed by a vicious psychopath and things would never be the same again.
"Time will heal the wounds, things will change" well-meaning folk said, but it didn't.
Only now, after twelve long years, have we summoned up the strength to create this memorial for Nicholas and it is still very hard to work out what to say.