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Canning family unveil stone in memory of murdered relative
MEMBERS of a Strabane family held two special commemorations in Scotland last Sunday to mark the 70 anniversary of the murder of one of their relatives during World War II.
On June 30, 1942, Ballindrait native Gertrude (Gertie) Canning, a member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS), was murdered near Inveraray in Scotland. She was shot four times with a .38 revolver, a type issued to British service men. The killer was never apprehended however suspicion remains that the culprit was a serving soldier.
On Sunday last, led by a British Legion parade, 40 members of the extended Canning family and invited guests walked to the site close to where Gertrude was killed to unveil a commemorative stone.
Later, a solid wood park bench in her honour was erected in the town overlooking Loch Fyne.