25 May 1945
It was a great shock to the whole village, and to his many friends far and wide, to hear the tragic news that on 25th March, Coy Sergt Major Donald Munro, youngest son of Mr and Mrs K Munro, 15 Benside, had been killed in action in North West Europe. "Domhnull", as he was familiarly called, will be sorely missed by al who knew him. Possessed of a most endearing nature, he was a great favourite with young and old alike. He had been twice wounded at El Alamein and again, shortly after D-Day. Being of strong physique, he soon recovered, and was back in the fighting line once more. It was at the Rhine crossing that Donald made the supreme sacrifice. His Major, writing of him says:
"Never have I seen a man looked up to and respected as he was. The way he handled his men was superb. I grew to know him well, and loved him dearly."
We all mourn a gallant soldier, and a dutiful son, who gave his life for his country. The heartfelt sympathy of the whole community is extended to his bereaved parents, brothers and sisters, in their great loss.