V-J Day 15th August 2018

War veterans and members of the public gathered to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the end of WW2 in the Far East.

The Lanarkshire Yeomanry Group organised the Service of Remembrance and wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial outside Motherwell Civic Centre to mark V-J Day on Wednesday 15 August.
The Japanese Army surrender to Allied forces effectively marked the end of the Second World War.
Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Lady Haughey CBE joined Provost of North Lanarkshire Jean Jones, who hosted the ceremony, and Provost of South Lanarkshire Ian McAllan to mark the anniversary and pay tribute to those involved in the conflict.

Provost Jones said: “We in Lanarkshire are only too well aware of the sacrifice made by local men and, indeed men from all over the UK, who served with Lanarkshire Regiments in the Far East during WW2.
The war in the Far East lasted longer than the war in Europe, ranged over almost the whole continent and a level of sacrifice on a scale which we cannot begin to imagine”.

After the fall on Singapore on the 15th February 1942, the men of the 155th (Lanarkshire Yeomanary) became prisoners of war and suffered terribly at the hand of their captors. During the three-and-a-half years that followed, many more men died as POWs than had fallen in action.

Posted by Gavin Whitefield