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A Town Called Courage

Entering Carluke either by road or rail, you are welcomed by special signs bearing the words ‘A Town Called Courage’ and displaying images of three Victoria Crosses, the highest medal for valour ‘in the face of the enemy’ awarded to Britain’s service personnel. These signs were gifted to the community in 2018 by Sir Angus Grossart, a native of Carluke and whose grandfather Thomas Grossart served on many local committees linked to the war effort during World War 1. The actual slogan ‘A Town Called Courage’ was first coined by Jack Murray, a retired Scots Guardsman from Glasgow, who has spent many years researching the stories of Victoria Cross winners. He was blown away by the fact that a community as small as Carluke h