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New memorial for town blitz dead

Clydebank memorial
The blitz in March 1941 devastated Clydebank and killed 528 people

The names of people who were killed in the German blitz of Clydebank during World War II have been inscribed on a memorial in the town.

Bronze castings, carrying the names, were unveiled at the Blitz Memorial in Old Dalnottar Cemetery.

Hundreds of Luftwaffe bombers took part in waves of attacks on local shipyards and munitions factories on the evenings of 13 and 14 March, 1941.

When the blitz was over, 528 people were dead and the town lay in ruins.

Entire families had been wiped out, 617 people were seriously injured and 48,000 people were homeless.

The new memorial, created by Clydebank artist Tom McKendrick, was commissioned by West Dunbartionshire Council, which undertook months of research to identify the names of those who died.

It was in response to requests from friends and relatives to have a permanent record of their loved ones.

Speaking before the unveiling ceremony on Saturday, West Dunbartonshire Provost Denis Agnew said: "I am honoured to have been able to see this important project reach its completion.

"It is a credit to all those, who over the years have continued to remember the victims of the attacks on Clydebank."

Respects were also be paid to the 22 unclaimed and unidentified victims who are buried at the cemetery.



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