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  • Writer's pictureSteve Nicoll

Isla St Clair remembers her Uncle Sandy, 3 Commando.

The Scott Sutherland project committee are indebted to Isla St Clair, the renowned Scottish singer and TV personality, for her endorsement and support of the project aims. Isla has a very strong family connection with the Commando story and has made a generous donation to the project funds in memory of her Uncle Sandy, Lance Serjeant Alexander Innes Sinclair, 3 Commando. Sandy was killed in action on D Day on

the 6th June 1944. Isla has also sent a personal message to her friends and colleagues seeking their support. This personal request has generated additional donations to the project funds. Thanks to Isla for this wonderful act of support and kindness. Her personal message is shown below along with a photo of Uncle Sandy. We will remember him.

I've volunteered to help  a Commando fund raising project with my Uncle Sandy in mind. He was a member of Army Commando no 3 HQ who volunteered from his tank regiment(13/18th Hussars) after surviving Dunkirk. Sandy fought in many raids including Lofoten, Sicily and Dieppe only to be killed on D Day and buried in Hermanville.

My uncle , Alexander Innes Sinclair, is listed on the Buckie War Memorial along with his brother Sergeant John Sinclair who was killed accidentally while training his unit in the Home Guard. As a point of interest he was so liked and respected that he was given the first open cortège in Buckie with an extraordinary turn out. 

Scott Sutherland's memory and extraordinary talent (evident for all to see through his creation of the breathtaking Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge) is being re-invigorated with the Commando Heritage Trail and the restoration of his Leaping Salmon Statue which on completion will be placed overlooking the training area to commemorate the young men who lost their lives while in training there. 

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