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Bridgeton's war hero        Pte.Henry May page 5 of 5


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Henry May graveside 

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Death
Took ill in his home and died in Glasgow Royal Infirmary on 26th July 1941 just days before his 56th birthday. 
He left a widow, Christina and four children.
His home address then was No.903 Cumbernauld Road, Riddrie, Glasgow. 
His funeral took place at Riddrie Park Cemetary, Glasgow and was the largest seen in the East-end for a long time. 
The commanding officer of the Cameronians, Colonel C.B.Vandaleur attended the funeral along with four holders of the VC:
Sergeant John McAuley VC, DCM, 1st Battalion Scots Guards.
Sergeant Robert Downie VC, 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Private David Lauder VC, 4th Battalion Royal  Scots Fusiliers
Drum-Major Walter Ritchie VC, 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. 

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Henry is buried and has a family headstone at Riddrie Park Cemetery, Section B. Lair 146. 

This photograph was taken c1994.  Henry's name surprisingly  is not on the headstone. 




photograph from Charlie McDonald

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Sadly the gravestone 
like many others has 
been vandalised.

 






photo Terry McDonald1998

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A new gravestone erected and dedicated 12th Sept 2006!
I was delighted to be there and took these photos and short video.



Riddrie Park Cemetery, Glasgow,  Section B. Lair 146. 

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His VC was sold at auction on 7 June 1994 by Wallis & Wallis for 18,250 and together with his medals is on display at the Cameronians Museum, (Scottish Rifles),  Hamilton

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Please get in touch with me if you can add any details.
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( my thanks to Richard & Doug Arman in Australia & Iain Stewart in the UK for their help )

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