A “FITTING TRIBUTE” to a police constable from Bannockburn has been unveiled at the town’s cemetery 100 years on.

Constable James Campbell was killed in the line of duty whilst serving with City of Glasgow Police in 1919 when he intervened in a burglary.

To mark the centenary of his death the dedication of a commemorative plaque took place at Bannockburn Cemetery on Sunday, January 20 – 100 years after he died of his injuries.

The Bannockburn native was described as an officer of “high quality and resource” at the time.

On January 18 in 1919, he was shot whilst disrupting housebreakers in Glasgow’s Great Eastern Road with his 18-year career coming to a tragic end two days later when he died of his injuries.

PC Campbell’s original gravestone was donated as a “token of esteem from officers and constables in the Eastern Division, Glasgow Police”, as it is understood his family had no money for a memorial.

Leading the service at the weekend was the Scottish Police Federation with chair Andrea MacDonald saying: “It is an honour to pay tribute to an officer who gave his life to the service 100 years ago, particularly as this is also our own centenary year.”

Alasdair Tollemache, Stirling Council Baillie, was also among the dignitaries attending the service.

He said: “It was a very poignant service and I am delighted that we were able to help commemorate the sacrifice made by Constable James Campbell.

“I would like to thank the Scottish Police Federation for providing the plaque.

“This is a fitting tribute to a man whose act of public service ended in tragedy.

“Having a specific plaque in his honour will remind many more people about his service and sad, untimely death.”