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Memorial to explosives store hero

Cpl James Hendry. Pic: Laggan Heritage
Cpl James Hendry served with the Royal Canadian Engineers

A memorial cairn has been built in honour of a serviceman who died while saving colleagues from a fire at a Highlands construction site.

Cpl James Hendry was awarded the George Cross posthumously for his actions at a tunnel being built for an aluminium smelter at Fort William in 1941.

The soldier and a colleague died after fire broke out in an explosives store.

Laggan Heritage has led the effort involving local trades workers to erect a memorial at Loch Laggan to the men.

Falkirk-born Cpl Hendry, 29, was serving with the Royal Canadian Engineers and working on a tunnel to divert water from the River Spey to the British Aluminium Company smelter.

When fire broke out, he ordered his colleagues to run to safety before attempting to extinguish the fire.

Cpl Hendry and Sapper John Stewart died in the explosion.



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