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Eyemouth, in the Scottish Borders Region, just a few miles north of the border and of Berwick, is the town where my mother spent most of her childhood before her family then moved to Dumbarton.

It’s a typical Scottish fishing village/town where a river (the River Eye) flows into the North Sea via a harbour.

I’ve been there several times before, as a child with my mother, and later as an adult but it was many years ago now. When the good lady’s blog friend, Peggy, was here last summer we took the opportunity to visit as she wanted to see it.

I hadn’t remembered this decoish set of windows:-

Art Deco Style in Eyemouth

The statue in front of the shop is of William Spears who in the 19th century led a revolt against the tithes on fish levied by the Church of Scotland.

This is the War Memorial, “Sacred to the memory of officers, NCOs and men of Eyemouth who fell in the Great War”:-

Eyemouth War Memorial

The reverse names the second war’s dead and the column’s inscription reads, “Sacred to the memory of officers, NCOs and men of Eyemouth who gave their lives in the Great War II, 1939-45.” Note also Merchant Navy, Fishermen plus Egypt 1952 and Iraq 2005:-

Eyemouth War Memorial

The original Jack Deighton, my grandfather, was the minister at the local Episcopal Church, St Ebba’s, named after a local saint, the Abbess of Coldingham. The Lifeboat at Eyemouth was also named for her as this lifebelt in the museum attests:-

Eyemouth St Ebba Lifebelt

Honfleur War Memorial

From over the street:-

Honfleur War Memorial

Honfleur is a relatively small town. Just look at all those names. “To her children of the armies of the land and sea killed for the homeland 1914-1918.” A measure of what France lost between 1914 and 1918:-

Honfleur, War Memorial Close

World War 2 names are at the base of memorial. In front is a stone poilu’s helmet above crossed swords with the inscription, “Gloire au Soldats Francaise”.

Honfleur, War Memorial Detail

Off to one side was this plaque to Albert Manuel, “heros de la résistance, croix de guerre”:-

Honfleur, War Memorial, Resistance Plaque

This plaque commemorates “The veterans of Indo-China in Normandy. To their lost and disappeared 1945-54.”

Honfleur War Memorial, Indo-China

Another notes “19th March 1962. End of the war in Algeria.”

Honfleur, War Memorial, Algeria Plaque

Porto War Memorial

Porto’s War Memorial is an imposing structure with a statue of a soldier reminiscent of many British War Memorials, set in a large square with a lovely pavemented approach:-

Porto War Memorial

Porto War Memorial Close

Plaque to those fallen in subsequent conficts:-

Porto War Memorial Plaque

Plaque to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War 1:-

Porto War Memorial Anniversary Plaque

The base of the Memorial pedestal is decorated with representations of artillery shells:-

Porto War Memorial Detail

Sadly there was some grafitti on the base of the Memorial, a piece of which can just be seen to the right above.

Dedication to those who died in defence of overseas provinces. (If my deciphering of the Portuguese is correct):-

Porto War Memorial Further Dedication

There are three cartouches on the Memorial, to the sides and rear. This one commemorates Angola, Naulila, Inhoga, Mongua, Ngiva:-

Porto War Memorial Cartouche

As best as I can make out this one says Franca, La Lys, Laventie, La Couture:-

Porto War Memorial Second Cartouche

And this one Mozambica (Mozambique,) Necomano? Sirra Micula? Namacourra?

Porto War Memorial Third Cartouche

Portugal and the Great War

It is one of the less remembered aspects of the Great War that Portugal was one of the Allies and sent troops to fight on the Western Front.

Germany declared war on Portugal on 9/3/1916 though before that there had been tensions over sea trade embargoes and border clashes in Africa. 12,000 Portuguese troops died and 82,000 civilians due to food shortages.

In São Bento Railway Station in Porto we found a commemorative display of photographs of Portuguese involvement in the war.

Grande Guerra (the Great War):-

WW1 1 Display in Porto Railway Station

Declaração de guerra (Declaration of war):-

The Great War:  Portuguese Involvement

A caminho das trincheiras (Portuguese trenches?):-

The Great War, Portuguese Trenches

A retaguarda (Training?):-

Portuguese Great War Photos

A vida nas trincheiras (Life in the trenches):-

Life in theTrenches

Destruição e desoleção (Destruction and desolation?):-

WW1 Destruction and Desolation

Campos de prisoneiros (POW Camps):-

WW1 POW Camps

O desfile da vitoria (Victory parade?):-

WW1 Portuguese Victory Parade

Buildings in Ferrol

On the way in to Ferrol from the ship we passed an area known as Arsenal Militar. A mannequin recalled Spain’s military past. Here’s a photo with some beardy bloke beside it:-

Soldier Mannequin

Ferrol seems to be laid out in a grid pattern though the streets are not wide. This was at siesta time when the streets emptied:-

asiesta time

A square in Ferrol:-

Old and New

The building to the left of the square in the photo above has an odd mixture of architectural styles. See the glass gable-end:-

Odd Mix of Architectural Styles, Ferrol

It was also hard by what may be a memorial to Spain’s colonial wars (if I can trust my reading of the Spanish inscription.) It was in the middle of a busy road so I didn’t linger long:-

Colonial War Memorial, Ferrol

You know you’re not in Calvinist Scotland any more when you come across a statue like this in an otherwise perfectly normal street. (Hooded penitents are apparently a big part of Holy Week celebrations in Ferrol.):-

Hooded Penitent Statue, Ferroll

Lorient War Memorial

Lorient has an airy feeling with relatively open streets lined with trees. Its War Memorial lies to the edge of an open area off the Quai des Indes opposite the Parc Jules Ferry and is flanked by trees. It is an imposing structure with stylised figures.

The inscription reads “Lorient, A Ses Morts, 1914 1918, 1939 1945. There is an additonal plaque for Indochina, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria 1952-62.

Lorient War Memorial


Lorient War Memorial Close-up


Lorient War Memorial Reverse

Abernethy War Graves

Despite the absence of a “Commonwealth War Graves here” sign on the gateposts we found three war graves in Abernethy churchyard.

Private J Gray, RASC, 18/11/1917, aged 33:-

Abernethy War Grave 1

Private P Scott, Royal Scots Greys, 20/2/1919, aged 28:-

Abernethy War Grave 2

Private H Rutherford, Cameron Highlanders, 10/12/1918:-

AbernethyWar Grave 3

In addition several headstones commemorated war dead.

Alexander Stephen, 16/8/1018, aged 48:-

Abernethy Graveyard, War Inscription 1

William Edmiston, 23/5/1915, aged 19:-

Abernethy Graveyard War Inscription 2

Private John Greenhill, 28/10/1914, aged 20:-

Abernethy Graveyard War Inscription 3

John Saunders, died from wounds at Boulogne, 26/5/1915, aged 35:-

Abernethy War Inscription 4

Sergt Alexander Mitchell, RAF, died in Cambridge Hospital, 13/10/1918, aged 31:-

Abernethy War Inscription 5

Kenneth James, CMF, 22/3/1944. aged 26:-

Abernethy War Inscription 6


Abernethy is a village in Perth and Kinross. It contains one of only two intact Pictish towers left in Scotland. (The other is in Brechin.)

Tower from street:-

Abernethy  Round Tower 1

A view from the tower. Graveyard just below:-

Part of Abernethy From Tower

Tower from graveyard:-

Abernethy  Round Tower

War Memorial from Tower:-

Abernethy  War Memorial

War Memorial from ground level:-

Abernethy War Memorial

Original inscription carved into plinth:-

Abernethy War Memorial WW 1.

War memorial names. Great War names above, 1939-45 below:-

War Memorial Names


Newhailes is a stately home near Musselburgh in East Lothian. It’s now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

Front view:-


Rear view:-


There was a tree there festooned with a mushroom-type growth, in several places:-

Fungus at Newhailes

Newhailes Fungus

Fungus at Newhailes

Walking the grounds we came upon this memorial to the Battle of Dettingen. There is a Latin inscription in memory of John, 2nd Earl of Stair, who fought as 2nd in command to George II at the Battle of Dettingen:-

Dettingen Memorial, Newhailes 6

The battle took place in the War of the Austrian Succession and was the last one in which a British Monarch led his troops.

Reverse view:-

Newhailes, Dettingen Memorial, Reverse View

English inscription after a renewal in 1907:-

Dettinhgen Memorial, Newhailes, Inscription

Remembrance at Gardening Scotland 2106

Just to continue the gardening theme….

The good lady is a keen gardener and had always hankered to visit Gardening Scotland at Ingliston. This year we finally got it together to see the show.

There weren’t many show gardens but one of them was in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme:-

Great War Show Garden, Gardening Scotland 2016

Side view:-

Show Garden at Gardening Scotland 2016

Another was on behalf of Erskine Hospital which cares for injured veterans of British wars. I only got round to this photo as the garden was being dismantled:-

Erskine Veterans' Show Garden, Gardening Scotland 2016

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