The unveiling of the tribute to Indian soldiers of the Second World War will take place in the fall

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Isobel Harling with some of the descendants of soldiers who perished while training in the strath for WWII combat. They are pictured at a memorial service held in Kingussie in recent years to remember the sacrifice of the men.

Plans for the unveiling of a new permanent memorial to the K6 Force at Kingussie have been postponed.

It was hoped that the tribute to the men of the Royal Indian Army Service Corps (RIASC) would have been officially launched on May 22.

But the officer in charge of the project, Major Heather Lawrie, told the Strathy: ‘Unfortunately we have to put it back in place due to supply issues with the backlog of the granite slab.

The memorial service is now scheduled for September 20.

A black granite slab will be etched and flaked with gold, and all the fine details of the listing are being finalized.

The memorial will be located in Kingussie Community Development Company’s revitalized Gynack Gardens, although official artist designs are not yet available.

Major Lawrie confirmed that the orientation of the memorial in the gardens was ‘almost perfect’ and that Kingussie Primary School, ‘just across the road’, would be involved in the service. She said: “The young people of Kingussie will be part of the memorial for years to come.”

The memorial will bear witness to the sacrifice made by more than 60 people in the UK and across Europe, including the men buried in ‘The Indian Graves’ at Kingussie Cemetery.

A tribute will also be set in stone to local legionary Isobel Harling BEM who tended the tombs of Kingussie for seven decades, keeping them guarded and cared for.


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