Scottish veterans pictured on 40th anniversary

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Scottish veterans pictured on 40th anniversary

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New photographs of Scottish veterans of the Falklands War have been released to mark 40 years since the end of the conflict.

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Images of seven men who served in the 10-week war have been taken by Glasgow photographer Wattie Cheung.

They feature in an online exhibition ahead of a national remembrance parade and service in Edinburgh on Saturday.

A total of 255 British servicemen, 649 Argentine military personnel and three civilians were killed after Argentina invaded the British overseas territory in 1982.

"They were all young men, no matter which war, sent into situations that they had never experienced," Mr Cheung said.

"I don't think they see themselves as heroes but just ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances doing a job they were trained to do."

Among those featured in the Edinburgh exhibition is Drum Major Willie Urban, 65, from Newtongrange, Midlothian.

He joined the Scots Guards when he left school as he "didn't want to go in the pits" like his father.

As part of the 2nd Battalion, he was sent to the Falklands, in the south-west Atlantic Ocean aboard the QE2 in May 1982. The luxury liner had been requisitioned for troop transport.

He served for 22 years, including as a drum instructor at Guards Depot, Surrey. He returned to live in Newtongrange with his wife, and now works in Lady Haig's Poppy Factory in Edinburgh