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Markinch War Memorial Addendum

I posted some photographs of the nearest War Memorial (Markinch) to Son of the Rock Acres here. I did not at the time post details of the dedications.

Great War dedication, “To the glory of God and in memory of the men from Markinch who laid down their lives in the Great War 1914 – 1919” below carved figure of St George.

Markinch War Memorial, Great War  Dedication and St George.

World War 2 dedication, “Remember also those who laid down their lives in the Second World War 1939 – 1945,” plus names of the fallen below carved figure of St Drostan:-

Markinch War Memorial WW2 Dedication and St Drostan

Surround stones. These display the names of the Great War dead on their internal faces:-

Markinch War Memorial, Surround Stones

Fife’s Art Deco Heritage 16: Kinghorn Moderne House

This is situated on Pettycur Road almost at the bottom, near the harbour wall and opposite the car park. Lots of horizontals and verticals here. Rule of three in windows. Flat roofs.

Art Deco/Moderne House, Kinghorn, Fife

Kinghorn Art Deco/Moderne House

War Graves, Newburgh

I have posted about Newburgh before, but I hadn’t visited its cemetery until in August 2018 I found four graves each with a possible war link.

Regulating Petty Officer A S Anderson, RN, HMS St George, 14/5/1944, aged 43:-

War Grave, Newburgh Cemetery

Corporal J MacNaughton RAF, 8/9/1946, aged 28:-

Newburgh War Grave

Private J Blyth, The Black Watch, 3/1/1915:-

Great War Grave, Newburgh

An unusual one this. It has a Commonwealth War Graves style headstone but is inscribed, “Alexander Ilytch Shenkman, born Moscow 29/11/1923, died Newburgh 21/2/2004.”:-

Grave Newburgh

Kilrenny War Memorial, Cellardyke

The Parish is Kilrenny but since most of the war dead in the Great War were from Cellardyke the memorial was placed in Cellardyke, in a commanding position overlooking the sea. Steps lead up to it.

Steps up to Kilrenny War Memorial

It has an unusual three-sided appearance:-

Kilrenny War Memorial

Kilrenny War Memorial Side View

Dedication. “Erected in proud and reverent memory of those connected with the Parish of Kilrenny who laid down their lives in the Great War 1914 1918.”

Kilrenny War Memorial Dedication

The three panels, above two of which are listed the Great War dead, are decorated with a wreath over crossed swords (under the dedication,) a soldier:-

Kilrenny War Memorial Figure of Soldier

and a sailor:-

Kilrenny War Memorial Figure of Sailor

The three “edges” are surmounted by stone lions with shields below respectively showing Kilrenny’s coat of arms:-

Kilrenny War Memorial

a steam drifter:-

Kilrenny War Memorial Shield

and a plough:-

Shield, Kilrenny War Memorial

Backhouse Rossie Estate, Fife

The good lady is a keen gardener and also likes to visit large gardens.

One near to us is at Backhouse Rossie Estate but we hadn’t visited it till the summer of 2018 on what turned out to be a good day trip.

One of the exhibits there is a DNA path seen below from the side:-

DNA path

Here you can see the interweaved paving stones representing DNA’s double helix:-

Backhouse Rossie Estate DNA Path

The DNA path from its other end:-

DNA Path, Backhouse Rossie Estate

At the path’s central point is a sculpture on whose sides are carved the C,G,T,A initials of the base pairs which help make up DNA’s structure:-

DNA Sculpture

An information board describes the sculpture’s inspiration. The garden’s creators, Andrew and Caroline Georgina Thomson, have names whose initials are also those of the base pairs:-

DNA Sculpture info board

The garden also contains wooden sculptures illustrating the Goldilocks story:-

Daddy Bear asleep:-

Daddy Bear Asleep, Backhouse Rossie Estate

Mummy Bear:-

Mummy Bear, Backhouse Rossie Estate

There a putting green too (below with the estate house in the background):-

Putting Green and House, Backhouse Rossie Estate

Haig Memorial, Ladybank

Field Marshal Earl Haig‘s family were the proprietors of Haig whisky. Their Ramornie House was near the town of Ladybank (see the two previous posts) and even had their own waiting room at the local Railway Station, though it was built by a previous onwer of the Ramornie Estate.

Their whisky distillery was a few miles away in Markinch.

There are two memorials to the Field Marshal in Ladybank.

Haig Memorial Gates, Ladybank. The inscription reads, “These pillars and chains were erected by the ex-service men of Ladybank and district to the glorious memory of Field-Marshal Earl Haig.” Ladybank War Memorial is in the background:-

Haig Memorial Gates, Ladybank

The Haig Memorial Garden lies behind Ladybank’s War Memorial. This is how the garden looked in 2018:-

Haig Memorial Garden, Ladybank

Information Board, Haig Memorial Garden:-

Information Board Haig Memorial Garden, Ladybank

A plaque on the wall gives the information that the gardens were refurbished in 1993 and re-opened by Menzies Campbell, then the local MP:-

Refurbishment Plaque Haig Memorial Gardens, Ladybank

Ladybank War Memorial

A granite cross on a granite stepped stone base, inscribed “1914 – 1919 and 1939 – 1945” inside a wreath. The names below are for the Great War:-

Ladybank War Memorial Northern Aspect

Additional dedication, “This tablet is placed here by the ex-service men in memory of their comrades who fell in the Great War 1914 – 1919.”

Ladybank War Memorial Additional Dedication

Western aspect. Second World War names. Ladybank Railway Station in background:-

Ladybank War Memorial Western Aspect

Eastern aspect. World War 2 names:-

Ladybank War Memorial Eastern Aspect

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 59: Ladybank

Ladybank is a village in Fife only a few miles away from Son of the Rock Acres. It’s no longer on the direct road north to Dundee so we don’t often go there.

It does, though, have a 1930s garage, now Ladybank Tyres:-

1930s Garage, Ladybank, Fife

It’s the stepped roofline that speaks for Deco:-

Ladybank, Fife, Art Deco Garage

Apart from the different-sized doors there’s also a nice symmetry to it:-

Art Deco Garage, Ladybank

Giffordtown War Memorial

A stone obelisk on a square plinth, this serves the Fife parish of Collessie which encompasses the villages of Collessie, Giffordtown, Charlottetown and Edentown.

Southern aspect. Inscribed, “Giffordtown and District War Memorial. In honoured memory of the men of Collessie Parish who made the supreme sacrifice for their country in the Great War 1914 – 1919.” The panel below says, “1939 – 1945” and then lists names for WW2:-

Giffordtown War Memorial Southern Aspect

Eastern aspect. Great War names:-

Giffordtown War Memorial Eastern Aspect

Northern aspect. The top panel lists WW1 names. The lower panel is indistinct but I believe commemorates a death in the Korean War:-

Giffordtown War Memorial

Western aspect. Great War names:-

Giffordtown War Memorial, Western Aspect

Exhibits at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield

See yesterday’s post.

Bomb dropped from Zeppelin. (Luckily for the citizens of Edinburgh where it dropped, it seems not to have exploded.):-

Bomb Dropped from Zeppelin

Model (in the shop) of a Sopwith Camel:-

Model of a Sopwith Camel

Real seat from a Sopwith Camel. It looks like a garden chair with its legs cut off:-

Sopwith Camel seat

Compare and contrast. A more modern ejector seat:-

Ejector seat

Hawk Training Aircraft:-

Hawk Training Aircraft

A Red Arrows XX308:-

A Red Arrows XX308

A New Zealand War Memorial. Inscribed, “In memory of the men from the Dominion who served in Scotland during the 1939 – 1945 conflict. Also in heartfelt remembrance of those who, whilst flying from Scotland’s sea and shore in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Fleet Air Arm, made the ultimate sacrifice. ‘They watch over Scotia still’.”

NZ War Memorial

The 1930s were possibly the high point of aviation displays – exciting and new. This poster advertises one in Fife:-

Flying Display Poster

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