On a recent bike ride in Scotland, Court Assistant Martin Woodhead came across the impressive Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge, about 8 miles north of Fort William. As well as commemorating the lives of British Commandos lost during the second world war, there is also a garden of remembrance which is used by many surviving World War II Commandos as the designated final resting place for their ashes.
It has also been used as a place where many families have scattered ashes and erected tributes to loved ones who belonged to the Royal Marines or Army Commando units and who have died in more recent conflicts such as the Falklands War or in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Due to the close connection which the Company has with the Royal Marines, Martin would recommend a visit to the memorial to any Stationer visiting the Highlands. It provides a fitting reminder of all the lives lost for our benefit whilst the spectacular view, on a clear day, towards Ben Nevis also creates a feeling of optimism for the future.
More information about the Commando Memorial can be found here.