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Low Parks Museum Marks VJ Day 75

Published: Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Low Parks Museum Marks VJ Day 75

Low Parks Museum Marks VJ Day 75

A special display to mark the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War is being staged in Hamilton’s Low Parks Museum.

Staff at the attraction, which reopened this week following the easing of lockdown, have been working behind the scenes while it was closed to prepare a commemorative display to mark the final surrender of Japan and the start of a new era of peace – VJ Day 15 October 1945.

The special display will also include elements of the planned VE Day exhibition which could not be staged due to lockdown.

The museum team’s research uncovered new artefacts and stories from the war in the East including a bush hat worn by a Cameronian who was attached to the legendary Chindit force who were air dropped behind enemy lines in the Burma Campaign. Low Parks Museum is home to the Cameronians Regimental Collection.

Also on show is the Bradford Martin bugle, one of eight presented to the regiment after the war by the mother of Cameronians officer Bradford Martin. Historically he was listed as killed in action but while preparing the exhibition Low Parks’ resident Cameronians expert Barrie Duncan uncovered new information.

Barrie said: “Until now we did not have any information on what exactly happened to Bradford Martin but I found an entry in a soldier’s diary that revealed he was taken captive by the Japanese but determined to escape, and with the help of his batman, he broke through the roof of the hut they were being held in and they climbed out.

“Sadly their valiant escape attempt was not successful and both men were shot as they made their bid for freedom."

As with VE Day earlier this year the pandemic has curtailed any plans for large scale events to mark the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day. However there will be a small commemoration attended by Provost Iain McLean and invited guests at the South Lanarkshire Cenotaph on Saturday 15 August.

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