As requested, and with great honour I am writing to you with the details of my Late Father in Laws service during the war and especially his time with the 6th Battalion, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) - William was born in 1926. His father, also William, had served throughout the 1st World War, with The Royal Scots. The humorous tales of these arduous times led William to follow in his father’s footsteps, once of age in 1944, when he enlisted for regular service (7 colours, 5 reserve).
On completion of his basic training he was posted overseas to a holding unit in North Western Europe and then to 6th Battalion of The Cameronians with which he saw action from then on until the end of the war.
During his time in Belgium Bill met a local girl named Simone. She was quite stunning and they struck up quite a mutual admiration for each other. He the tall handsome soldier and she the Petite, beautiful member of the Belgian resistance. Bill served out four years in Germany after the war and in due course they married and remained together for 66 years until she passed away in 2015.
William George Beardmore S/N 14447711 was laid to rest on the 27th of January 2017. His coffin was draped in the tartan of the Cameronians, his Medals sat on top
The members of the regiment that attended the funeral, brought and laid a regimental wreath, one of the attendees, Kenn Robinson, spoke in front of us all as to the meaning of being a Cameronian. His comments reflected and fortified what we had always understood from Bill.
We thank those present, some we deeply regret not being able to thank personally.
But with the same honour in which they served , they simply came, performed their duty and slipped quietly away.