A new memorial to replace the one which was stolen

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A new memorial for a bomb disposal expert who died in the Falklands War has been made to replace the one which was stolen last year.

The bronze plaque on Prescott Bridge in Milngavie paid tribute to Staff Sergeant Jim Prescott (37), who was killed instantly when a 1,000lb bomb went off on board HMS Antelope, which sank the following day.

The bridge on the Allander Walkway was built by a team of men from the Royal Engineers bomb disposal section of the Territorial Army in 1990.

Jim Prescott’s daughter, Angela, contacted her father’s colleague Sergeant Major Phillips, who lost his arm in the same explosion, to tell him the plaque had been stolen and asked if something could be done.

Incensed by the theft Sergeant Phillips vowed to try to replace it with another tribute - which is just as fitting and after asking for donations he’d raised £2,515 within just a few weeks.

Mr Phillips said: “I was with Jim when he died.

“I couldn’t believe that someone would steal his memorial, it’s disgraceful.

“My appeal had a magnificent response. The exploits and courage of Jim Prescott during the Falklands War are legendary within the Royal Engineers and the Navy and the swift and generous response was therefore not surprising.

“All those who made a donation agreed, that it is important to keep the memory of such brave men alive and that the plaque should be replaced as quickly as possible. On behalf of Jim’s family I thank them all.”

The plaque will be installed by Fraser Phillips – a former member of Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal and his friend Graham Woods – a Balfron builder in the next few weeks, weather permitting.