This Memorial Book is dedicated to Jimmy Johnstone, who was the inspiration behind my compiling the book. Jimmy was a Shotts man through and through, and never lost his love of Shotts and the people who lived there. When I had compiled several other memorial books for various other local villages and churches etc; Jimmy mentioned he would love to see a book about the men from Shotts who died and served in the twoWorld Wars. I decided to surprise him by compiling a book about the fallen of Shotts in the1939 – 1945 war, sadly Jimmy took very ill and I lost the race to have the book finished for him, when he died two weeks before the book was completed. With his death I lost one of the best friends and one of nicest men I ever knew. May he rest in peace.