Monday, 16 May 2011

Arandora Star Memorial, Glasgow

The other evening the two regular writers on this blog happened to be walking past St. Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow. We noticed that the garden had been done up, but little did we realise that we were looking at the new Arandora Star memorial.

Today it was unveiled by our First Minister Alex Salmond and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti. The BBC reported on today's events here.

It is a tribute to the hundred Scots-Italian internees who were amongst the 800 men killed when their transport ship was torpedoed by a U-Boat in 1940.

We don't have any photographs of the new memorial, but on the Scottish War Memorials Project Guido Blokland has recorded some of the graves of those who died in the sinking and were washed ashore on the Western Isles.

Bodies of internees, merchant seamen and guards from regiments like the Lovat Scouts were found washed up all along the coast of Scotland and Ireland. This photograph is of the grave of Oreste Fisanotti buried in Borve Graveyard

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