This short appreciation of Iain’s life can only make passing mention(s) of his many achievements : a quiet and reserved family man, an outstanding rugby player with Jordanhill College School FP’s and later administrator at SRU level, a primary school headteacher in Helensburgh and latterly as a dedicated supporter and Vice President of Hillhead Jordanhill RFC . But perhaps Iain’s major accolade was the recognition paid by the French government of his role in Normandy in 1944 when he was awarded the Legion d’ Honneur by the French consul in 2016.
Iain Cameron, was a machine gunner in the Royal West Surrey regiment, within the 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats). During the D Day landings the regiment was held back by storms in the Channel and landed at Arromanche on 12th June 1944. Iain was injured near Lisieux within a few weeks of arriving in France and was hospitalised near there. At this point his family back in Glasgow received a telegram to say that he was missing in action, but later discovered he was in a field hospital.
On his recovery he was sent to rejoin his unit, by then fighting their way through Belgium.The 7th Armoured Division was involved in the liberation of Ghent in September 1944. Iain was again badly injured near Eindhoven during this campaign, he carried the scars of the shrapnel wounds in his back and shoulder. He was invalided back to England and latterly to a convalescent home in Scotland. By the time he had recovered from this injury, the war was drawing to a close and he was (fortunately for his family!) given a desk job with the army until the war ended.
Iain was born on 12th January 1925 and attended Jordanhill School in the 1930s, before being evacuated to Cally School near Gatehouse of Fleet. After the war he played rugby for Glasgow University, London Scottish and Jordanhill FPs and was instrumental in setting up the FP club premises and grounds at Kilmardinny.
His funeral takes place at the Glasgow Crematorium on Tuesday the 11th June at 15.15.
Acknowledgements to Jordanhill School and Iain’s family to reproduce some of the above.