Spelling mistake on Bonnybridge war memorial to be corrected after 95 years

Pte Hussey's name was misspelled on Bonnybridge war memorial
Pte Hussey's name was misspelled on Bonnybridge war memorial
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A soldier’s name which was misspelled on a village war memorial will be finally corrected more than 95 years after his death.

Private Patrick Hussey of the 2nd battalion, Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment, was killed on January 10, 1917 but his body was never recovered.

He was one of more than 1100 men from the Falkirk district who gave their lives fighting for Great Britain in the First World War.

His name was one of those included on the monument unveiled in his home village of Bonnybridge at Duncan Stewart Memorial Park.

Sadly, his name was mistakenly inscribed as ‘Hassey’.

Now, thanks to Amanda Maclean, Patrick’s great-great grand niece and local councillor Billy Buchanan, the mistake is being rectified in time for this year’s Remembrance Day service in November.

Amanda said: “This young man gave his life fighting for his country and it’s only proper that his name is properly remembered to recognise his sacrifice.”

Patrick was born in Ireland and was among the thousands of his countrymen and women who emigrated across the water in search of work in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He settled in Bonnybridge along with his brother Thomas, who would also serve in the war.

“I was talking to my mum, Anne, about Thomas, and she said his brother was remembered on the Bonnybridge memorial,” said Amanda (33), a community safety officer at Falkirk Council.

“She told me that Hussey had been misspelled. I thought that was terrible, and that it should be corrected, especially given that 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war.”

Amanda, who was brought up in Bonnybridge but now lives in Kilysth, raised the issue with Baillie Billy Buchanan, who then consulted council officers and the War Graves Commission.

The plaque with Pt Hussey’s name will now be repaired and re-attached in time for November’s service.

“Similar mistakes will have sadly been made across the country, due to the sheer number of those killed,” said Baillie Buchanan.

“But it’s important that we can correct them if we have the opportunity.

“It’s especially poignant this year, as we mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war.”