A Soldier's Return - Corporal Robert Beveridge
By Grandmaster Suck
Updated Sunday, 19th October 2008
I've just watched a brilliant and very moving film about the life of Scottish soldier Robert Beveridge who won the Military Medal during the Battle of Arras. He was killed in action during the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. He has no known grave.
Even in death Corporal Beveridge was not remembered - his mother and father had died. His sister and brother had left the village of Uphall, West Lothian, by the time research began to put names on a local war memorial and so his sacrifice went unhonoured and unmarked. Even now we don't have a photograph of him.
Only when a collector bought his Military Medal and began to research his life did his story begin to be understood. The resultant documentary lasts 51 minutes and is simply superb. I recommend it to you. The DVD is now being shown in schools across Scotland and is spreading into the rest of the UK and the Commonwealth. You MUST get a copy.
There's one point when in a graveyard in Flanders the narrator stops by the graves of three pals who joined the Royal Scots on the same day and were all killed in action on the same day. They were buried side by side.
Local Councillor Graeme Morrice gave a moving tribute to Corporal Beveridge during the ceremony, saying,
'Today, we can celebrate the strength, the courage and the devotion to others of Corp Robert Beveridge MM.
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O valiant hearts who to your glory came
Through dust of conflict and through battle flame;
Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,
Your memory hallowed in the land you loved.