Family tributes for Peterhead tragedy

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A family travelled all the way from Devon to honour a relative who died on a Peterhead beach in an accident during World War II.

Ronald Cumbley was killed on the Craigewan beach by a mine on Sunday, November 30 1941.

A local shepherd,Donald Finnie, also suffered a ‘severe injury’ helping soldiers.

Ronald’s grandson, Michael Luscombe, who lives in the Devon village of Zeal Monachorum, travelled with his family - wife Becky and sons William and Toby - to visit the site where the tragedy happened.

He said: “My grandfather must of liked it up here, as he was planning to move his family here before he died.”

Michael’s grandmother was on her way to Peterhead with their child to meet Ronald, but heard about the accident whilst stopping off to visit relatives. She then returned to Devon and eventually remarried.

Michael’s brother Andrew, was so named as the accident happened on St Andrew’s Day.

Michael brought with him a pendant Ronald bought in Peterhead, and was sent to his wife along with the last letter before he died.

The family thanked Miles Crighton at Mains of Inverugie Farm for allowing them access to land connected to the story.

The trip was the result of ‘2-3 years’ communication with local man Doug McDonald, who had been researching the event and contacted the family.

Mr McDonald said he would like to see a plaque or street named for ‘Peterhead’s heroes’.