A Rothesay man who visited Germany to honour his late grandfather’s Second World War comrade has spoken to The Buteman about his “incredible” experience.
Colin Fulcher laid a wreath at the Becklingen military cemetery on July 30 in memory of Antony Coulthard, a lance-corporal in the Intelligence Corps, who formed a close friendship with Colin’s grandfather Neil McLellan while the pair were prisoners of war at the Stalag XX-A camp in Poland, and who died in February 1945 during a long ‘forced march’ west from the camp.
The ceremony took place around a gravestone only recently inscribed with Antony’s name - largely thanks to Colin’s meticulous research, which was based on the detail of Neil’s wartime recollections, and in particular his description of where Antony had died.
“I couldn’t believe the lengths the Army had gone to,” Colin, who was accompanied throughout the trip by his brother Neil Galloway, told us.
“They had a brigadier there, a colonel, the regimental sergeant major and a bugler from the Irish Guards, who had been flown all the way from London to play the Last Post.
“The colonel gave a reading, and an account of Antony’s background and of how he had come to his death.
“He included my grandfather, their escape attempts together, and how my grandfather was with Antony in his last moments. That made it really personal.”
* Read about Colin and Neil’s trip in full in the August 14 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.