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War Graves, Leslie Cemetery

Leslie is a small town not far from where I now live. My photographs of its War Memorial are here and of its remaining Art Deco buildings here. My post on the lost Regal Cinema is here.

As is common its cemetery gates carry the “Commonwealth War Graves here” sign.

I found four, three fromn the Great War, one from the Second World War.

Privat D F Robbin, Royal Scots, 20/12/1915, aged 22:-

War Grave, Leslie Cemetery

Private W LIvingstone, The Black Watch, 9/2/1917:-

Leslie Cemetery War Grave

Private R Thomson, Royal Scots Greys, 23/10/1920, aged 39. “In loving memory of our dear father from wife & family”:-

War Grave in Leslie Cemetery

Lance Corporal J F Johnstone, Royal Engineers, 21/2/1941, aged 23.
The stone below is inscribed “From the neighbours”:-

War Grave, Leslie Cemtery

Lockerbie War Death Commemoration

This gravestone in Lockerbie Cemetery, on the grave of his son, Dr John Douglas, has the inscription:-

“In loving memory of Robert Douglas, architect, Lieutenant KOSB. Died 15/7/1915, from wounds received in action at Gallipoli. Aged 42 years. Buried at sea.”

Lockerbie War Death Commemoration

War Graves, Lockerbie

In common with many municipal cemeteries around the country Lockerbie‘s has a “Commonwealth War Graves here” sign on its gates.

I found three; two for the Great War, one for World War 2.

Second Lieutenant D Black, General List and RFC, 3/10/1917, aged 18:-

War Grave, Lockerbie Cemetery

Private E P Ferguson, Highland Cyclist Battalion, 17/1/1918:-

Lockerbie War Grave

Lance Corporal T Cook, Royal Tank Regiment, 23/1/1946, aged 27:-

Lockerbie Cemetery War Grave

Lockerbie War Memorial

A bronze statue of a winged Victory, Lockerbie’s War Memorial lies in the middle of a small roundabout in the town centre and bears the inscriptions, “In grateful memory of our heroic dead 1914 – 1918” and “In glorious memory of those who gave their lives in the World War 1939-1945.”

Because of its location it was difficult to photograph more closely.

Lockerbie War Memorial

Reverse view:-

Lockerbie War Memorial Reverse View

There are more photographs of the Memorial here.

Lochmaben War Memorial

Lochmaben is a village in Dumfries and Galloway, southwest Scotland. It lies four miles west of Lockerbie.

Its War Memorial is a statue of a soldier of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers regiment with bowed head and inverted rifle and can be found at the south end of Main Street at the junction of Lockerbie Road (the A 709) and Annan Road (the B 7020).

Lochmaben War Memorial

Closer view. The inscriptions read, “To the glory of God and in ever grateful remembrance of the men of this parish who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1919,” “Their name liveth for evermore” and “Lo. These are they from suff’rings great.”

Lochmaben War Memorial Closer View

Reverse view. “And in memory of those who died in the second great war 1939-1945 ”

Lochmaben War Memorial Reverse View

Gatehouse of Fleet

Gatehouse of Fleet is a village in the region of Dumfries and Galloway in southwest Scotland. It is situated near the mouth of the Water of Fleet accessed by a small detour from the main A 75 road.

Heading north up the main street you come to the War Memorial which is in the form of a Celtic Cross surmounting a plinth.

War Memorial, Gatehouse of Fleet

The inscription reads, “In honour of the men from Anwoth and Girthon who fell in the Great War,” with “lest we forget” below the names:-

Gatehouse of Fleet War Memorial

Names on plaque on reverse – all for the Great War:-

Gatehouse of Fleet War Memorial 3

The World War 2 plaque is on the side of the Memorial:-

Gatehouse of Fleet War Memorial World War 2 Plaque

Reverse view:-

Reverse View, Gatehouse of Fleet War Memorial 5

Carrying on via the B 727 you pass this Art Deco style house which still seems to have the original windows. They look like Critall ones to me, anyway:-

Art Deco House, Gatehouse of Fleet

Further on still is this quaint turreted house:-

Turreted House, Gatehouse of Fleet

Wigtown War Memorial

This lies down Bank Street from the Town Hall beside the road that leads down to the Martyr’s Stake.

Wigtown War Memorial

Memorial from southwest:-

Wigtown War Memorial from Southwest

Wigtown War Memorial From East. Upper names, World War 2. Lower names, the Great War:-

Wigtown War Memorial From East

Memorial from Northwest:-

Wigtown War Memorial from Northwest

Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway

Wigtown formerly in Wigtownshire and then Wigtown and Kircudbright and now Dumfries and Galloway is in deepest southwest Scotland.

Main Street looking south:-

Main Street, Wigtown

Main Street looking north, town hall to centre right:-

Main Street, Wigtown, Reverse View

Looking north past town hall, War Memorial in middle distance:-

Wigtown Street 3

Wigtown sells itself as Scotland’s book town, its Hay-on-Wye if you like. Unlike in Hay-on-Wye I actually bought a book. The bookseller was much taken when I told him the tale.

THE Bookshop:-

bookshop 1


The Scottish room:-

THE Bookshop, Wigtown

There are several shops selling books but not much else there apart from coffeshops and the like.

We took a walk down a path leading to the Martyr’s Stake.

In southeast Scotland they had a particularly innovative method of execution in those parts back in the day. Tying the victims to stakes and letting the tide rise to drown them. This is a memorial (now well away from the sea) to people martyred in such a way for their beliefs:-

Martyrs' Stake, Wigtown

Newton Stewart War Memorial

Newton Stewart’s War Memorial is situated in a fairly prominent location in Dashwood Square outside the McMillan Hall beside which the road through the town takes a slight turn.

A Celtic cross on a stepped granite base.

Newton Stewart War Memorial

The two inscriptions say:- “To the glory of God and in memory of those of Penninghame Parish who gave their lives for king and country in the Great War 1914-19,” and “Greater love hath no man than this.” WW1 Names.

Newton Stewart War Memorial Plaque

Side view. WW1 names on upper plaque, WW2 on lower:-

Newton Stewart War Memorial Names

Reverse View. WW1 names. Lower inscription reads, “”More than conquerors through him that loved us.”

Newton Stewart War Memorial Reverse View

Kirkcudbright War Memorial and MacLellan’s Castle

Kirkcudbright’s War Memorial is situated by the main road through the town just in front of MacLellan’s Castle.

MacLellan's Castle and War Memorial, Kirkcudbright

The memorial takes the form of a seated soldier with sword and shield protecting a sleeping child.

Left side view. Names are for the Great War:-

War Memorial, Kirkcudbright

Front view, lower plaque commemorates World War 2:-

War Memorial, Kirkcudbright

Right side view. Again Great War names:-

War Memorial, Kirkcudbright

Another view of MacLellan’s Castle:-

MacLellan's Castle, Kirkcudbright

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