Posted in Dumbarton, War Memorials at 3:00 pm on 27 August 2015
The Memorial is unusually situated some way out of the town centre, in Levengrove Park, on the banks of the River Clyde near its confluence with the River Leven, with a great view of Dumbarton Rock.
This is the view looking from the Park towards the Clyde. It’s the front of the Memorial which as a whole is surrounded by a metal fence and features a bronze angel. Note the Elephant and Castle crest of Dumbarton on the gate:-
Reverse of the Memorial – the view towards the Park, again with Dumbarton crest on the fence:-
Again looking into Levengrove Park but from an angle:-
The names of the First World War dead are on each side, above in the original engraving; Second World War ones added below, on two sides only. This is the east side of the Memorial:-
The west side:-
Posted in Glasgow, War Memorials at 7:42 pm on 25 August 2015
These are in the grounds of the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow; near the Cameronians Memorial.
First the West of Scotland Branch of the Normandy Veterans Association Memorial:-
Nearby is the City of Glasgow Squadron Auxiliary Air Force Memorial. (One of the squadron’s Spitfires is on display in the Museum):-
Posted in Glasgow, War Memorials at 12:00 pm on 30 July 2015
Pollok House, not owned by but run by the National Trust for Scotland, is in the south side of Glasgow, set in great parkland; so much so you would never believe you were in the middle of a big city.
Pollok House, showing gates on to parkland of Pollok Park, Glasgow:-
This is a stitch of three photos to get in the full frontage. In reality the grass and road don’t have that bend in them:-
The house contains an array of paintings – mostly of that branch of the Hapsburg family who ruled Spain for centuries. Being notoriously in-bred they are a fairly unprepossessing bunch. The very informative guide was much more taken with this painting by El Greco of rather different content; Lady in a Fur Wrap (picture from BBC Your Paintings):-
A certificate on an internal wall on the corridor leading to the tea-room (which has a marvellous setting, being housed in what was the Edwardian kitchen) commemorates the house’s use as a hospital during the Great War:-
On a wall of Pollok House’s garden facing the parkland area there is a War Memorial dedicated to the men from the tenantry and staff of Nether Pollok who served in the Great War. There are 58 names on the cartouche. Beside 13 of them is inscribed “killed” – beside another it states “died”.
That makes 14 out of the 58 who went away that lost their lives as a consequence. A fraction under a quarter of the total. And some of the others would have been wounded.
Posted in War Memorials at 12:00 pm on 16 July 2015
A simple granite obelisk on a stepped granite plinth. Situated at junction of A 82 and A 887, in Invermoriston village, just off Loch Ness.
“To Our Glorious Dead.” 14 WW1 names, 6 WW2.
Posted in War Memorials at 9:50 pm on 14 July 2015
Killin stands at the head of Loch Tay on what used to be Perthshire but it is now in Stirling District. Its War Memorial is a dignified statue of a Higland soldier. It’s in a lovely setting by the River Dochart just above the falls.
From the village. WW1 names:-
Front View. Upper plaque for WW1, the lower plaque is for WW2:-
Looking towards the village. WW1 Names:-
Posted in History, War Memorials at 3:00 pm on 25 June 2015
As at Edinburgh Castle there are War Memorials on the esplanade of Stirling Castle.
Again there is one to the Indian Mutiny, this one dedicated to the men of the 75th Stirlingshire Regiment who died at Seringapatam, Delhi and in the Relief of Lucknow.
The other side of the memorial names the officers (1 colonel, 2 captains, 6 lieutenants and 1 surgeon) but only gives the total numbers of other ranks (13 sergeants, 9 corporals, 3 drummers and 216 privates) – all of the 75th Stirlingshire Regiment – who died in the mutiny, 1857-8.
Again too there is a Memorial to the South African War (Second Boer War) dedicated to the men of the 1st Battalion (Princess Louise’s) Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
The plaque here gives the names of the officers and non-commissioned officers who died:-
The plaques on these two sides give the names of the privates:-
Staring out towards the scene of his great victory at Bannockburn is a statue of Robert Bruce.
Posted in War Memorials at 10:00 am on 25 June 2015
Further to my post about the War Memorials on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade one of which was for the men of the Scottish horse the last time I was in Dunkeld I noticed this memorial on one of the walls in the town square:-
Again it commemorates the South African War (Second Boer War.)
Posted in Edinburgh, War Memorials at 12:00 pm on 23 June 2015
As well as the Ensign Ewart Memorial there are four other memorials to British (make that Scottish) regimental involvements in various wars. Three of them can be seen on the right and one on the left in this view of the castle from the esplanade.
The first was erected in 1861 to the memory of the 256 men from all ranks of the 78th Highlanders (78th Regiment of Foot) who died during the Indian Mutiny. Pity about the traffic cone in the foreground!
The second was erected in memory of the men of the Scottish Horse who died in the South African War (the Second Boer War.)
The thinnest one is to the memory to the men of the 72nd Highlanders who died in the Afghan War 1878-80. That was the Second Anglo-Afghan War. (Despite “Never Invade Afghanistan” being Harold MacMillan’s first rule of politics there have now been no fewer than four Anglo-Afghan Wars.)
The Memorial on the south wall of the castle Esplanade is to the Gordon Highlanders who died in the Second Boer War, the South African War, 1899-1902.
This detail shows a fine stag’s head.
The entrance to the castle itself is flanked by statues to Scotland’s two great warrior heroes, Bruce and Wallace,and surmounted by the Royal Emblem (the Lion Rampant) and motto, Nemo Me Impune Lacessit.
Posted in Art, History, War Memorials at 10:00 am on 18 June 2015
200 years ago today the last battle of the Napoleonic Wars was fought at Waterloo. Famously remembered as a “close-run thing” (though the quote is apparently “It has been a damned nice thing — the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life,”) it was a bloody nightmare. A total of around 48,000 men were killed inside 10 hours.
Last month I visited Edinburgh Castle. Among the memorials on its esplanade is this one, erected in 1938, to Ensign Charles Ewart, of the Royal North British Dragoons (more commonly known as the Scots Greys,) who captured the Imperial Eagle of the French 45th infantry regiment during the battle.
The Eagle itself is normally on display in the relevant Regimental Museum in the castle grounds but it wasn’t on the day I visited. I think it’s on loan to the National Museum of Scotland at the moment. I did find, though, this Memorial to the men of the Scots Greys who died in the Great War.
Also, inside the Castle’s Great Hall, there is a painting, executed by Richard Ansdell some thirty years or so after the event, of the moment of the Eagle’s capture. Titled “The Fight for the Standard” the picture is huge – 13 ft by 11 ft. It is somewhat triumphal in tone and perhaps ridiculously sentimental given the likely conditions of the actual battle.
Picture from Eric Gaba at Wikimedia Commons.
Perhaps a more famous painting of the Battle of Waterloo is “Scotland Forever!” by Elizabeth Thomson, Lady Butler.
The original is in Leeds Art Gallery but a reproduction is in the Regimental Museum.
Posted in War Memorials at 8:23 pm on 9 June 2015
This stone is inlaid into the paving round the Doulton Fountain outside The People’s Palace, Glasgow Green.
It commemorates Henry May, the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles,) 2/10/1914.
Was this the first WW 1 casualty from Glasgow?
Edited to add (13/6/15):- I’ve just noticed the insignia inscribed on the stone is of a Victoria Cross. I presume therefore that Henry May won that medal hence his commemoration.