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Commonwealth War Graves, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

With the exception of Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery on Hoy, Comely Bank Cemetery in Edinburgh may possibly contain the most Commonwealth War Graves in one location anywhere in Scotland. 301 servicemen are buried here, from both wars. Its location near a hospital (or two) no doubt contributed to that.

Unusually the memorial stones in the Great War section are laid flat:-

Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh, War Graves

Flat memorial stones. The Stone of Remembrance is to the left here behind the shrubs:-

Flat Memorial Stones, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

More flat memorial stones:-

More Flat Memorial Stones, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh, More Flat Memorial Stones

Memorial Stones, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

All these flat stones commemorate more than one serviceman:-

Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh, Memorial Stones

Stone of Remembrance. It is inscribed, “1914-1918 1939-1945. To the honoured memory of his Majesty’s forces who gave their lives for their country and who lie buried in this cemetery. The following are not commemorated elsewhere. Private R Brines, Middlesex Regiment. 19/1 1920, Private A Brown, Highland Light Infantry, 9/1/1920, Private Jackson Robb, Royal Scots, 30/8/1921.”

Stone of Remembrance, Comely Bank Cemetery, Edinburgh

Information board:-

Commonweath War Graves Commission Information Board

Kilmaronock War Memorial

Kilmaronock is a parish in Dunbartonshire, encompassing the foot of Loch Lomond. Its largest – only – settlement is the village of Gartocharn. The War Memorial lies beside the A 811 road some way from the village and takes the shape of a cairn surmounted by a mercat cross.

Kilmaronock War Memorial

Kilmaronock Parish War Memorial 2

Dedication. “To the glory of God in memory of the men of the parish of Kilmaronock who gave their lives in the war” followed by the names and “1914-1919.”

Dedication, Kilmaronock War Memorial

Drymen, Stirlingshire

Drymen (pronounced ‘drimmin’) is a village in Stirlingshire, Scotland.

Main road through the village.

Road Through Drymen, Stirling District

The village is now bypassed so there’s not too much traffic but you have to go through it to access the road to the east side of Loch Lomond and the foot of Ben Lomond.

Shop and War Memorial. The War Memorial is behind the road signs.

Shop and War Memorial, Drymen

Drymen War Memorial. From southeast. A simple cross above a column on a rectangular base. Great War names:-

Drymen War Memorial

Drymen War Memorial. Dedication reads, “The Great War 1914-1918. On this Memorial are inscribed the names of the men of this parish who at the call of King and country left all taht was dear to them endured hardship faced danger and finally passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice giving up their own lives that others might live in freedom. Let those who come after see to it that their names be not forgotten.”

Dedication, Drymen War Memorial

From north. Dedication and WW2 panel to left. Nearest panel contains Great War names:-

War Memorial, Drymen

Art Decoish Extension, Drymen. Thirties style at any rate. Banded contrasting painting, flat roof.

Art Decoish Extension, Drymen

Petty War Memorial

The Parish of Petty is in the former counties of Inverness and Nairn in Highland region. The War Memorial lies beside the A 96 road between those two towns.

Petty War Memorial

Dedication, “To the glory of God and in grateful remembrance of the men of this Parish who gave their lives that we might live. 1914-1918. 1939-1945, These also gave their all.” Note Pte Alice P MacDonald ATS.

War Memorial, Petty Parish

Parish of Urquhart War Memorial, Conon Bridge

Conon Bridge is in the former Ross-shire, near Dingwall. It contains the memorial for the Parish of Urquhart. (Urquhart is pronounced Urcart. Or I suppose originally Urchart with the ‘ch’ as in loch.)

Parish of Urquhart War Memorial, Conon Bridge

Names, Parish of Urquhart War Memorial, also inscribed, “Their name liveth for evermore.” WW2 names on lower stone.

Names, War Memorial, Conon Bridge

Dedication, “To the glory of God and in grateful remembrance of the officers, non-com officers and men from the Parish of Urquhart (Ross) who gav ethei rlives for King and country in the Great Wars 1914-1919, 1939-1945, Erected by the inhabitants of the Parish in loving memory.”

Dedication, Urquhart War Memorial, Conon Bridge

War Memorial, Conon Bridge, Parish of Urquhart

Maryburgh War Memorial

Maryburgh is in the Highland region, 2 miles south of Dingwall.

The War Memorial is a Celtic Cross on a trapezoidal plinth above a square base.

The dedication reads, “Their names will remain forever. In proud and loving memory of the heroes who gave their lives for the cause of freedom in the Great War 1914-1919.”

Maryburgh War Memorial

Second World War dedication, “Their names will remain forever. To the glorious memory of those who died in World War II, 1939-1945.” Note name of Private Christina M Mackintosh ATS:-

War Memorial, Maryburgh

Boer War Memorial, Dingwall

Dingwall has an impressive Boer War Memorial not far from the memorial to the twentieth century wars:-

It’s shaped as a tapered Celtic Cross surmounting a rectangular plinth:-

Dingwall, Boer War Memorial 1

The dedication reads, “Erected by the officers non-commissioned officers and men past and present of the Seaforth Highlanders, Ross-shire Buffs, the Duke of Albany’s in memory of their comrades who lost their lives in South Africa 1899-1902.”

Lower panel, “Killed in Action or Died of Wounds”

Boer War Memorial, Dingwall

South facing aspect. Names of those “Killed in Action or Died of Wounds”

Dingwall, Boer War Memorial Names

Dingwall Free Church behind. Memorial’s north facing aspect. Names of “Killed in Action or Died of Wounds” and “Died of Disease or Accident”

Boer War Memorial, Dingwall North Aspect

Roadside location:-

Boer War Memorial, Dingwall

Dingwall War Memorial

Dingwall’s War Memorial unusually takes the form of a wall surmounted by a kilted soldier:-

Dingwall War Memorial

It lies in a small memorial garden just off the main street:-

Dingwall War Memorial Showing Surroundings.

War Memorial, Dingwall

Dedication and names. “In memory of officers NCOs and men of the Royal Burgh and Parish of Dingwall who fell in the Great Wars 1914-1918 and 1939-1945.
How bless’d how glorious they who bravely fall their lives devoted at their country’s call.”
Great War Names on main body, WW2 names to either side.

Dingwall War Memorial Dedication and Names

War Memorials Inside St Drostan’s, Markinch

In the entrance to St Drostan’s Church, Markinch is this Great War (labelled European War) Roll of Honour. (My own photograph is on flickr, but I found this better one via the church’s website.) Names underlined in red “made the supreme sacrifice”:-

Roll of Honour, St Drostan's Markinch

Memorial to the European War 1914-1918. This plaque is likely to have been relocated from Balbirnie UF Church or Brunton UF Church (St Mark’s):-

European War 1914-1918 Memorial, St Drostan's, Markinch

“To the men of this congregation who fell in the Great War 1914-1918. Their name liveth for evermore.” Again probably relocated:-

Great War Memorial St Drostan's, Markinch,

“Markinch Parish Church. Sacred to the memory of the men of this church who gave their lives for their country in the Great War.”

St Drostan's, Markinch Great War Memorial

“In loving memory of Captain James Alfred Balfour 1st Batt. Highland Light Infantry, killed in action 11th January 1917 at Kut-el-Amara, Mesopotamia. Born at Balbirnie.” Balbirnie is the local “big house” now (having been sold off by the Balfour family) a hotel and its grounds converted into a park and golf course.

James Balfour Memorial, St Drostan's, Markinch

Memorial to WW2 dead of St Drostan’s Parish, Markinch. “Their name liveth for evermore”

St Drostan's Markinch WW2 Memorial

Memorial to the members of Markinch Parish Church who died in the Second World War. Again probably moved to St Drostan’s from elsewhere. Note the name of a woman, Margaret P Todd:-

WW2 Memorial St  Drostan's Markinch

St Andrews Memorial Hall

I came across this Memorial Hall in St Andrews a couple of years ago. I don’t go along that street (St Mary’s Place) much so hadn’t really noticed it before.

The central window block has a wooden frame and panelling with the dedication:-

“1914-1918 Victory 1939-1945
Memorial Hall”

Upper part, St Andrews Memorial Hall

Here’s a photo from further back showing its street aspect and the rather elegant gates. The coloured sign says, “Fife Council Community Services. Victory Memorial Hall St Andrews.”

St Andrews Memorial Hall

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