Newburgh, Fife

Last Saturday we had a trip round Fife and stopped off in Newburgh.

This is the War Memorial. There are only First World War names on it; I saw no sign of a World War 2 Memorial. It is just possible no-one from Newburgh died in the second conflict.

Newburgh War Memorial

Down by the River Tay there is a nice grassed area which can be used for picnics etc. There was an unusual sculpture showing leaping salmon (I suppose) in the middle of it. And some nice yachts on the river. The reed beds in the background are apparently the biggest in Europe.

Newburgh. Fish sculpture by River Tay

On the way back home we went via Cupar. This is the former Woolies there. It had been turned into an Allworth’s but that was having its closing down sale’s final day! Looks like replacing a Woolies with something very similar isn’t viable either.

Former Woolworth's in Cupar, Fife

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  1. Bob Moncrieff

    Sir, I think you should have checked and researched the facts before publishing your facetious statement that “It is just possible no one from Newburgh died in the second conflict”. This ill-judged comment is an insult to the families of the 27 Newburgh men who gave their lives in WW2.

    For your information, the Newburgh war memorial, erected after WW1 is of classical design supporting the sculpture of a highland infantryman by Edinburgh sculptor Alexander Carrick. The dedication and names of the WWI dead are listed on stone tablets set into the faces of the pedestal. The names of the WWII dead are listed on a metal plaque on the lower face of the pedestal. 76 Newburgh men died in WW1 and 27 in WW2, including tragically twin brothers who were killed on the same day at Anzio.

    Please refer to this web site:

    With a population of around 2,000, the old town of Newburgh, like many of the small towns and villages in Scotland, lost a generation of young men in the two world wars.

  2. jackdeighton

    Mr Moncrieff,
    My statement was in no way meant to be facetious. Nor do I consider I have insulted the families of the men of Newburgh who died – nor the men themselves.
    Quite the contrary. If you had looked at my blog further you may have noticed I have a whole category dedicated to War memorials, hardly something someone who took the subject lightly would undertake.
    I merely said I did not see any World War 2 names on the Newburgh memorial, I certainly did not notice a metal plaque on the pedestal’s lower face. I was looking; though obviously not hard enough. Perhaps it was obscured by the wreaths which for obvious reasons I did not wish to disturb.
    That I said it was just possible no one from Newburgh died in the second conflict was clearly tentative (hence the word “just”) always subject to correction, and based solely on the town’s small size. I am glad to be put right on the matter.
    That being said, perhaps the plaque containing the WW2 names needs to be given more prominence.

  3. Jock Ferguson

    Totally unmerited attack by Mr.Moncrieff. I have no idea who he is but having lived in Newburgh for three years, that is pretty much the mindset of the locals and unless you are related to most of the people in their miserable village, hostility will be your way of being treated. What a horrible wee place it is. Good riddance you backward dolts.

  4. jackdeighton

    I have never lived in Newburgh so cannot comment on that except; is “ignorant dolts” possibly going a wee bit too far?

  5. jackdeighton

    Today 7/11/12 I was “invited to add this photo* to the group Newburgh – North East Fife.”

    *The photo of the War Memorial

  6. Moira Wilson

    The Friends of the Laing Museum have been researching the Fallen from Newburgh and Abdie from both Wars. In actual fact there were 83 from Newburgh and 9 from Abdie lost in the First War and 35 from Newburgh and 4 from Abdie in WWII.
    Your comment regarding only seeing the Fallen from WWI is quite understandable and has caused a problem for quite a few visitors as, like yourself, they do not want to disturb the wreaths but this is the only way they can see the plaques for WWII.
    We have discovered more dead from the Wars and will be requesting that new plaques are added to cover the fallen not already on the Memorial and plaques and we will see if there is a more suitable position for the plaques to be displayed so as to avoid this happening to anyone who cares to visit our town and who may be looking for relatives, etc., from the Wars.
    I can, if you wish, forward the names for WWII that you did not see when you were visiting. Or you can look online for Newburgh War Memorial and there are very clear images of the names on the Memorial itself as well as the plaques that were added for WWII.
    Hope this helps.

  7. jackdeighton

    Thank you for this information. I had thought it unlikely there were no WW2 casualties from the area and was puzzled by the seeming lack. And of course I did not wish to move the wreaths to check.

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