WW2 veteran laid to rest on Bute

Second World War veteran Arche Keith was laid to rest at North Bute Cemetery on Saturday, December 13, 2014.
Second World War veteran Arche Keith was laid to rest at North Bute Cemetery on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

A veteran of the Second World War’s notorious Arctic convoys, who was born on Bute 91 years ago, was laid to rest on the island on Saturday.

Archibald Keith, or Archie, was buried at North Bute Cemetery at Croc-an-Raer with a coffin drape and honour guard provided by the Isle of Bute branch of Legion Scotland, while the Last Post and Reveille were sounded as Mr Keith’s coffin was lowered into the grave next to his late wife Mary, who died in 1993.

Mr Keith, who was born at his parents’ home at 4 Mill Street in Rothesay on August 7, 1923, passed away in Portsmouth on November 26 after a long illness; his dying wish was to be buried on the island of his birth.

Mr and Mrs Keith, who met in Rothesay during the war, set up home in Greenock shortly after their wedding in September 1944, though they and their family paid regular visits to Bute on holiday in the years that followed.