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Great War Roll of Honour. I missed this out in my War Memorials at Montrose post:-

Great War Roll of Honour, Montrose Air Station

A Sea Hawk:-

Sea Hawk

Showing twin tails:-

Part of a Sea Hawk

World War 2 at Montrose Air Station

Model of Montrose Air Station at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre:-

Model of Montrose Air Station

Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) poster. The ATA featured many women pilots:-

Air Transport Auxiliary Panel


ATA Panel Detail, Montrose Air Station

Photos of some women flyers:-

Women Flyers

Civilian casualties:-

Civilian casualties at Montrose Air Station

RAF Sector Clock:-

RAF Sector Clock, Montrose Air Station

RAF Memorial Window, in stained glass. Inscribed, “This window commemorates the pilots of the Royal Air Force who in the Battle of Britain turned the work of our hands into the salvation of our country.”:-

RAF Memorial Window

Models of a Mosquito and Hurricane:-

Mosquito and Hurricane Models

War Savings Campaign Plaque:-

War Savings Campaign Plaque

War Memorials, Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

Part of a Memorial display at Montrose Air Station. A War Memorial rescued from a now disused Church at Logie, near Montrose:-

Church War Memorial

The placard beside the rescued Memorial asks, “Do we really remember them?”

Do We Really Remember Caption

The poppy wall above it commemorates the dead of both World Wars:-


Great War Exhibits, Montrose Air Station

BE2 Replica, small model Fokker Triplane behind, plus two other models in photo:-

BE2 Replica, Montrose Air Station

Same BE2 with a small model of a Bristol Fighter to upper left and a Sopwith Camel, I think, to right:-

Replica BE2, Montrose Air Station

Fuselage and Wings of a replica Sopwith Camel under construction. This may now be completed:-

Replica Sopwith Camel Fuselage and Wings

Sopwith Camel wing being worked on:-

Sopwith Camel Wing

Effigy of Lieutenant Ross Robertson:-

Effigy of Lieutenant Ross Robertson

Cross erected at Marquion in France by the Germans at the grave of Lt Ross Robertson inscribed, “Er starb den heldentod – eng Flieger.” “He died the death of a hero – an English Airman.” He was buried there on 17/5/1917:-

The Robertson Cross

Model of a Rumpler? Taube. Plus Bristol Fighter:-

Model Taube and Bristol Fighter

Small Models of Fokker Triplane and Sopwith Camel:-

Small Models of Fokker Triplane and Sopwith Camel

Part of the Fokker Triplane of the famous Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen. Souvenir hunters apparently got to it very quickly:-

Part of Red Baron's Triplane

External Exhibits, Montrose Air Station

Before you get to the museum entrance at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre you pass these hangars which date from before the Great War:-

WW1 Air Hangars

Then there’s the obligatory Spitfire. This one’s named Red Lichtie. There is an Arbroath connection, though this one is probably a replica of the original:-

Spitfire Red Lichtie

More up to date (well, 1950s) is this Gloster Meteor:-

Gloster Meteor

This artillery piece, an anti-aircraft gun, is also exposed to the elements:-

WW2 Artillery Piece, Montrose Air Station

Prominent too is this memorial to all those RFC and RAF personnel who served at Montrose Air Station:-

RFC and RAF Memorial

Montrose Air Station

Montrose airfield was the home to the first British air squadron (at that time of the Royal Flying Corps, RFC) to fly fixed-wing aircraft.

That squadron was No 2 Squadron, RFC.

Why not No 1 Squadron?

No 1 Squadron flew balloons (from which they converted in 1914.)

No 2 Squadron moved to Montrose from Farnborough in 1913. Montrose therefore became the first operational military aerodrome in the UK.

The first RFC pilot to land in France in 1914 after war was declared was Lieutenant H D Harvey-Kelly of No 2 Squadron. (He is also credited with being the first RFC pilot to shoot down an enemy aircraft.)

Another of the Squadron’s pilots became the first airman to be awarded the Victoria Cross, posthumously, on 26/4/1915.

The airfield is now home to a museum called Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.

We visited the Air Station in May last year.

Photographs will be forthcoming.

Black Watch Musuem, Perth, Scotland

The Black Watch Regiment’s Musuem is in Perth, Scotland, housed in an old castle, Balhousie Castle, Hay Street.

In the castle/museum grounds are several memorials. The entrance gates are dedicated to the memory of General Wavell.

This is a generalised one of a bagpiper but in Second World War battledress I think:-

Memorial at Black Watch Museum, Perth, Scotland

These are memorials to various other campaigns in which the Black Watch has taken part, most prominently here, Iraq:-

Campaign Memorials at Black Watch Museum, Perth, Scotland

When I visited in April last year this Great War commemoration took up a prominent position:-

Great War Commemoration at Black Watch Museum, Perth, Scotland

The museum itself is very interesting and took us longer to get round than we had anticipated. This cross – an original bettlefield one from the Great War – was in memory of Captain W D MacL Stewart, 2nd Lieut P R Husband and 44 NCOs and men of the 1st Battalion Black Watch, who all died on 20/9/1916.

Memorial Cross, Black Watch Museum, Perth, Scotland

As I recall this group of medals was awarded to Fergus Bowes-Lyon the brother of the late Queen Mother and who is commemorated on Glamis War Memorial:-

Medals Black Watch Museum, Perth, Scotland

On a less sombre note the museum has an excellent cafe/restaurant in a modern building connected to the castle via the museum’s entrance and which is always very well patronised.

Copenhagen (ii)

Before we reached the Edouard Suenson Memorial (previous post) we passed this old terraced housing on Storekongensgade. Note the lampshades attached to the building:-

Old Terraced Housing, Copenhagen

This is Copenhagen City Hall, in Town Square (Radhuspladsen):-

City Hall, Town Square Copenhagen

Also on Radhuspladsen, Scandic Palace Hotel to right, with gold plaques of some sort where you might expect a clock face:-

Town Square, Copenhagen

Thorvaldsen’s Museum, on Vindebrogade:-

Thortvaldsen's Museum, Copenhagen

Penguins, Discovery Point, Dundee

Penguins are a feature of Antarctic life.

Outside Discovery Point Dundee stand four penguin statues. The road is just behind here so not all the Discovery Point Museum building is in shot.

Dsicovery Point and Penguins, Dundee

View from Museum. The new Dundee Railway Station building is across the road behind the penguins:-

Penguins Outside Discovery Point, Dundee

Watercolour of “Penguins at Cape Crozier” painted by a member of the Discovery Expedition, Edward Wilson:-


More RSS Discovery, Dundee

The Discovery’s crew even had their own newspaper to keep their spirits up. A bound version is in the Discovery Point Museum:-

South Polar Times

As is the ships’s harmonium – also good for keeping up morale I should think. It’s behind glass so difficult to photograph. Its cast iron pedals say “mouse-proof” on them.


Brass struts:-

Brass Reinforcement Struts, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Salt boxes. The salt absorbed any water that entered between the inner and outer hull and between the frames, so helping preserve the timber:-

Salt Boxes, RRS Discovery, Dundee

Panting beams plaque. These beams go from one side of the ship to the other, preventing the ship’s hull from flexing when under way and helped in resisting crushing by the ice:-

Panting Beams Plaque, RRS Discovery

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