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Kirkcaldy War Memorial Bronze Plaques

Kirkcaldy; WW1 Memorial

The central portion of Kirkcaldy’s War Memorial pictured above (plus see original post here) has on its other sides bronze plaques referencing branches of the Armed Services.

Naval service:-

Kirkcaldy War Memorial Bronze Plaque

Dedication to all those who served and Aviation services:-

Furthe rDedication and  Bronze Plaque, Kirkcaldy War Memorial

Army services:-

Bronze Plaque Kirkcaldy War Memorial Bronzes 3

I remember seeing very similar plaques on Plymouth’s War Memorial when I was there (many years ago, well before I started either photographing War Memorials or blogging.)

Dunkeld

Dunkeld is a village/town on the River Tay ten or so miles north of Perth. The bridge there which links Dunkeld to Birnam was built by Thomas Telford.

Dunkeld from the Bridge over the River Tay

River Tay looking south from Telford’s bridge:-

River Tay from Dunkeld Bridge

This is a view of Telford’s bridge from the Birnam side of the river:-

Bridge through trees

And from the grounds of the town’s historic cathedral:-

Bridge over Tay at Dunkeld

The Cathedral was for a time closed to visitors but in 2018 we had a peek inside. Cathedral altar and stained glass windows:-

Dunkeld Cathedral Interior

Just to the left in the photo above lies a memorial to the officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the Scottish Horse who gave their lives in the two Great Wars. “1914 -1918, Gallipoli, Egypt, Macedonia, France. 1939 – 1945, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany.”

Below that are the words, “The souls of the righteous are in the hands of god. There shall…” the rest is obscured by the Roll of Honour. A barrier prevented me from getting any closer:-

Scottish Horse Memorial, Dunkeld Cathedral

In the square in Dunkeld itself is a memorial to the men of the Scottish Horse who died in the Boer War. I have previously mentioned it here.

Gullane War Memorial

A cross above a square pillar on a larger square base.

The pillar has a wreath surmounting a downward pointing sword swathed by a garland inscribed “1914 – 1919”. The pillar’s square base is inscribed “1939 – 1945. Their name Liveth for Evermore.” The lower square panel reads, “In memory of the men of Gullane who gave their lives in the Great War.”

In the background is evidence of Golf’s Scottish Open which was played at Gullane the week before I took the photo:-

Gullane War Memorial

Looking east. Pillar’s square base has World War 2 names. Lower square panel bears Great War names:-

Gullane War Memorial

Looking north:-

Gullane War Memorial

Looking south:-

Gullane War Memorial

North Berwick War Memorials

From East Fortune Airfield (see previous posts) we travelled on to North Berwick. The town’s commemoration of the two World Wars is twofold.

The Great War Memorial is an octagonal plinth surmounted by a pillar topped by a unicorn. The panels of each octagonal section bear the names. Each base has a word inscribed on it summing to, “Evermore Faithful Unto Death Their Name Liveth Forevermore.”

Northern aspect:-

North Berwick WW1 Memorial

Eastern aspect:-

North Berwick WW1 Memorial Eastern Aspect

Southern aspect:-

North Berwick WW1 Memorial Southern Aspect

Western Aspect. The pillar has an embossed cross above the dates 1914 – 1919. The central shield portion here does not bear names but rather a form of the crest of North Berwick depicting a ship with oarsmen under the motto “Victoria Gloria Merces.”

North Berwick WW1 Memorial Western Aspect

The WW2 Memorial is situated on a house wall near to the WW1 Memorial. The inscription reads, “1939 1945 In memory of those who in a later generation made the same sacrifice in the same cause as those to whom the memorial opposite has been erected,” then the names followed by, “And in the morning we will remember them.”

North Berwick WW2 Memorial

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

Scone War Memorial

Scone is a town just to the north-east of Perth in Perth and Kinross. The nearby Scone Palace was the historic crowning site for Scottish monarchs. A replica of the Stone of Scone (Stone of Destiny) lies in the Palace’s grounds.

A Celtic style cross on a tapering plinth, Scone’s War Memorial stands on a small promontory beside the cemetery to the south of the town by the A 94 road. This side has the dedication for the Great War.

Scone War Memorial

The revrse side bears the World War 2 dedication:-

Reverse, Scone War Memorial

Great War Dedication. Reads, “To the memory of the men from the Parish of Scone who to uphold liberty laid down their lives in the Great War 1914 – 1919.” Names A – Mi:-

Great War Dedication Scone War Memorial

Great War names Mo – Ro:-

Scone War Memorial Great War Names

Great War names Ru – Y:-

Scone War Memorial Great War Names

World War 2 dedication. “Also to the memory of the men of this Parish who laid down their lives in the World War 1939 – 1945.”

Plus one name for Iraq 2003:-

Scone War Memorial, World War 2 Dedication

War Graves, Tillicoultry

Pilot Officer W Border, Flight Engineer, RAF, 4/11/1944, aged 22:-

War Grave Tillicoultry

This headstone commemorates two soldiers; Private N McLean, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 20/2/1919, aged 24. Also J McLean, served as Private J Lindsay, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, 20/3/1919, aged 50:-

Great War Grave, Tillcoultry

Corporal R Keir, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 27/10/1918, aged 26:-

Tillicoultry Great War Grave

Private John Paterson, RAF, 8/8/1918, aged 33:-

Great War Grave, Tillicoultry

The grave of Bessie Sim Hunter – mentioned on the Information Board at Tillicoultry Cemetery. Stewardess B S Hunter, Women’s Royal Naval Service, 15/3/1919:-

Woman's Great War Grave, Tillicoultry

Private J B Westwater, Royal Army Medical Corps, 6/11/1918, aged 24:-

Tillicoultry Great War Grave

Private W Ewing, Gordon Highlanders, 18/9/1916, aged 45:-

Great War Grave, Tillicoultry

Sapper J W Sharp Royal Engineers, 15/2/1941, aged 48:-

World War 2 Grave, Tillicoultry

Great War death dedication. James Fullarton Caldwell Conn, died in France, 1/5/1917 of wounds received in action near Arras, 23/4/1917. Interred at the cemetery of Wimereux:-

Great War Death Dedication, Tillicoultry

“They Were a Wall Unto Us” – Tillicoultry War Memorial

Tillicoultry War Memorial is a grey granite pedestal with the figure of a kneeling female holding a wreath.

It lies in a separate area in Tillicoultry Cemetery by the A 91 road on the east of the town.

The WW2 memorial is a memorial garden with the names of the fallen on individual “headstones” (to right.)

Tillicoultry War Memorial Reverse

An information board mentions among others Bessie Sim Hunter, whose grave lies in the attached cemetery, a Great War casualty at Inverness Naval Station but not listed on the Memorial (which is dedicated to “The Men of Tillicoultry.”)

They Were a Wall Unto Us

The Great War Memmorial is inscribed, “In ever grateful and proud remembrance of the men of Tillicoultry who died in the service of their King and country in the Great War. ‘They were a wall unto us both by night and day.’ 1914 – 1919”

WW2 Garden of Remembrance is to left:-

Great War Dedication, Tillicoultry War Memorial

East aspect. Great War names:-

East Aspect, Tillicoultry War Memorial, Great War Names

South Aspect, Great War names. WW2 Garden of Remembrance behind:-

Tillicoultry War Memorial, South Aspect and Garden of Remembrance

North Aspect. Great War names:-

North Aspect, Tillicoultry War Memorial 7

WW2 Remembrance Garden western arc:-

Tillicoultry Word War 2 Memorial Stones

Central arc. The stone incorporated into the boundary railings is inscribed. “World War 1939 – 1945 Garden of Remembrance.”

World War 2 Memorial Stones, Tillicoultry

Eastern arc:-

World War 2 Tillicoultry War Memorial Stones

Whitletts War Memorial

Our trip back home from Dumfries and Galloway took us through Ayr. Whitletts is an area to the northeast of the town. Its War Memorial is in the form of a Celtic Cross on a square plinth.
The cross’s pillar is inscribed with the words, “A tribute of honour and gratitude to the men of this parish who gave their lives for home and freedom in the Great War 1914 – 1919.” Below that are names for The Great War. On the base of the plinth it says, “Lest we forget.”

Whitletts War Memorial

Reverse. (Great War names):-

Whitletts War Memorial Great War Names

The other two sides bear the names for World War 2. Why there was a piece of wire entangled round the plinth I do not know.

World War 2 Names Whitletts War Memorial

Whitletts War Memorial, More WW2 Names

Kirkoswald War Memorial

Kirkoswald is just south of Maybole in Ayrshiire, Scotland. Its War Memorial is a granite Celtic cross on a square plinth.

This side is dedicated to the Great War 1914 – 1919. “Erected by public subscription in memory of those from this district who fell and as a token of gratitude to those who served in the cause of honour and freedom.” Then, “Those who fell.”

Kirkoswald War Memorial

Reverse. Inscribed, “1939 – 1945. Lost in Action.”

Reverse of Kirkoswald War Memorial 2

Unusually this memorial also includes the names of those who served:-

Kirkoswald War Memorial: Those Who Served

"Those Who Served" Kirkoswald War Memorial 4

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