A crusading mum has finally won her battle to get a memorial to her fallen hero son.
Isobel Savage yesterday unveiled a tribute to her soldier son William at his old school in Ayrshire six years after his death.
William was killed in one of Afghanistan’s biggest bomb blasts in 2013 alongside comrades Robert Hetherington and Samuel Flint.
Isobel has been campaigning since then for her son’s sacrifice to be remembered in his hometown of Ardrossan. She joined family and friends on Monday to unveil a black stone and plaque at Stanley Primary School in William’s memory.
Isobel said: “I was really happy to see such a good turnout. It went very well. I managed to make a wee speech but it was very emotional for us all. It is so good that he will be remembered at his old school.
“His nieces go to the school so I am more pleased than ever before that the memorial is within the site of the old Stanley School. I am one happy mum. I am happy, relieved and proud all in one.”
William’s wife Lyndsey and his son Connor were at the ceremony to pay their respects. Tragically William, 30, was killed in Afghanistan just weeks before she was due to give birth to Connor, their first child.
William, from Penicuik, Fusilier Samuel Flint, 21, and Private Robert Hetherington, 25, both from Edinburgh, died in the Taliban bomb blast. They were killed on Route 611 in the Nahr-e-Saraj district on 30 April 2013.
The soldiers, who were in an armoured Mastiff vehicle, were unlawfully killed on active service, a coroner ruled in December 2014 at an inquest held at Oxfordshire Coroners Court.
The inquiry heard that an improvised explosive device (IED) had been put in place using a tunnel and was triggered using a command wire from behind the 10ft wall of a nearby compound.
Former soldier Suzanne Fernando of the Saltcoats, Ardrossan & Stevenston Legion branch of Legion Scotland, said: “We have spent a lot of time with Isobel over the years and have been a great source of comfort and support to her.
“William’s memorial has the perfect place on the grounds of Stanley Primary School and I am sure Isobel and her family would have been delighted with how it turned out. I’d like to thank Isobel on behalf of our veterans for inviting us along to take part in her son’s special memorial.”
North Ayrshire Provost Ian Clarkson said: “It was an honour and privilege to be a part of this very special day for the family of Corporal William Savage.
“His passing was absolutely tragic and devastating for the family and whole community. William’s bravery and dedication deserves to be remembered and celebrated. We hope this memorial will do that.
“The family have shown great courage and humility. They will never get over the loss of William but we hope this memorial provides them with comfort and a real sense of pride.”