FORMER Cardenden man, Jimmy Sinclair, Scotland's oldest World Ward 2 veteran, passed away this week.

Jimmy was someone who loved music and poetry and wrote many excellent works about this part of Fife.

Fife Council paid tribute to Scotland’s oldest veteran. Jimmy was 107 and lived latterly in Kirkcaldy.

He was awarded several medals during the war but chose not to wear them out of respect for his fallen comrades.

Fife Council’s Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Rod Cavanagh, said: “It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Scotland’s oldest soldier and my good friend, Jimmy Sinclair.

"Jimmy lived to a ripe old age and served in the Royal Horse Artillery during the 2nd World War.

"He was one of the famous ‘Desert Rats’ fighting against Rommel’s Africa Corps and he proudly boasted that he was still wearing the false teeth fitted by the 3rd Australian Ambulance Unit at Tobruk in 1941.

"That was typical of Jimmy, a great sense of humour and ‘sharp as a tack’ to the end. I used to visit Jimmy regularly and he enjoyed attending a number of Armed Forces commemorative events.

"He will be greatly missed.”