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Call for Scot who died after war from battle injuries to be recognised

RELATIVES of a Scot who was shot during the First World War and died after it ended, have called for his sacrifice to be properly acknowledged.

Willie Skilling, who was attached to the Black Watch was shot in the neck in the last week of the Great War and died in 1921, three years after the peace treaty was signed.

His family was said to have struggled to have his name added to the war memorial in St Columba's Gaelic Church, omitted because he had not died while serving. Memories of the sacrifice surfaced after pictures were unearthed of Willie Skilling and family members.

Willie Skilling's brothers Donald and Jimmy Skilling both survived the war.

Nephew Gordon Skilling suggested all those like his uncle who were injured during the war and died of their injuries after it ended should "now be honoured" and added to official documents under Scotland's War, the project, organised by Edinburgh historian Yvonne McEwen to commemorate Scotland's contribution to the First World War.

He added: "Perhaps some symbol, like a miniature Commonwealth Graves Commission headstone, can now be added to their own tombstone so that their own sacrifice can be recognised.

"I would love to put a mark in Lambhill Cemetery in Glasgow where he was interred to indicate what he did for the country, that he was wounded and died after the war."

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