Statue of Lord Lovat unveiled in France

The Lord Lovat Statue in France

On the 8th May 2014, in front of more than 100 members of the Fraser family and both British and French dignitaries, a statue of the late Brigadier Lord Lovat (Shimi) was unveiled. The statue is placed to commemorate Lord Lovat and the role the Clan chief played when he led the 1st Special Service Brigade into battle at Ouistreham during the Normandy invasion’s on June 6th 1944, famously accompanied by his piper, Bill Millin. Winston Churchill once described Lord Lovat as “the mildest-mannered man that ever scuttled a ship or cut a throat’ and there’s no doubting that this detailed statue, standing at ease, has captivated the allure of this charming man who earned both the Military Cross and Distinguished Service Order. The statue of the Lord stands proudly in the garden of remembrance near sword beach, sculpted from bronze by Ian Rank-Broadley . The cost was raised by family, friends and clan members
The prayer, “To give and not to count the cost” (the commando prayer) was read at the unveiling ceremony
(By Saint Ignatius of Loyola)
Teach us, good Lord,
to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labour and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do your will
Lord Lovat died peacefully in Beauly at the age of 83 leaving a widow, Lady Lovat to whom he had been married to for 57 years. Bill Millin played a moving farewell lament of “My Home” at the graveside but also played “Blue Bonnets O’er the Border, the tune he played during the Normandy landing.