Remembrance Day 11.11.11

Glenafton Athletic 1936

Thomas Langan, centre-forward, signed for Glenafton Athletic in the summer of 1934 and his haul of goals helped the Glens go on to win the Western League Championship that season. The following year he earned a Scottish Junior international cap. After three seasons with Glenafton he joined Scottish Junior Cup holders Arthurlie and later moved to Johnstone Athletic.

During the war Tommy joined the RAF and on the 7th June 1944, the day after D-Day, Sergeant Thomas Langan 115 Squadron was lost during RAF operations.  His name proudly adorns the War Memorial in his home town of Galston.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

The opening lines of ‘In Flanders Fields’ by Major John McCrae, serving in the 1st Brigade Canadian Field Artillery in the Great War. John was the grandson of Jean Campbell of Maneight farm, New Cumnock.

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