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War Graves, Peterhead

These graves were in the churchyard which lies behind Peterhead’s War Memorials (see previous posts.)

Sub-Lieutenant K S Roberts N Z Naval Volunteer Reserve, 7/6/1944, aged 22:-

War Grave, Peterhead

Gunners W Gawthorpe and S E Thomson, Maritime Regiment Royal Artillery, both 25/1/1942, S E Thomson aged 22. A Rogers, Trimmer, Merchant Navy, 12/3/1942, aged 24:-

War Graves, Peterhead Cemetery

This stone commemorates those known to be buried in Peterhead Churchyard but not marked by separate headstones. 15 known Great War dead. Two Great War and one Second World War unknown dead:-

Peterhead War Graves Memorial

Unknown fisherman given back by the sea 16/1/1943:-

Possible War Grave, Peterhead

Gravestone, “Erected by Alexander Stephen in loving memory of his sons who fell during the great European War, George who was killed at sea 15/2/1918 and is interred here and John who was killed at Arras 15/2/1917 aged 20.”

Great  War Grave, Peterhead

Peterhead Second World War Memorial

This memorial is in the form of two pillars, at the entrance to the churchyard – to the left in this photo:-

Peterhead War Memorial Gate Pillars

Both pillars are inscribed 1939 1945 on the front and facing sides:-

Peterhead Second World War Memorial Pillars

The left one is inscribed, “They were honoured in their generations and were the glory of their times”:-

Peterhead Second World War Memorial Inscription

On the right, the lower inside column is inscribed “Died as a result of war service”:-

Peterhead Second World War Memorial Dedication

Peterhead Great War Memorial

Peterhead‘s Great War Memorial is an impressive sight, a tapering square column, visible from quite a distance as you approach the town from the south.

The column bears only Great War Names. The Second World War dead are commemorated on two pillars at the entrance to the graveyard behind.

This was taken from the town side:-

Peterhead War Memorial

Close up:-

Peterhead Great War Memorial

The stone wreath is inscribed “1914-1918”, the cartouche has names for the Great War, and below is the inscription, “To the glory of Almighty God and in honour of the men of this town who gave their lives for freedom in the Great War of 1914-1918. ‘So they passed over and all the trumpets sounded for them on the other side.'”

D edicationPeterhead Great War Memorial

Great War names:-

Peterhead Great War Memorial Names

Again, below, the stone wreath has 1914-1918. Under more names for the Great War is the additional information, “Unveiled 6th August 1922 and handed over to the custody of the Provost, Magistrates & Councillors of the Burgh of Peterhead.”

Peterhead Great War Memorial Additional Dedication

Yet more Great War names:-

More Names, Peterhead Great War Memorial

Ellon War Memorial

This is in the form of a figure of a soldier carrying a rifle atop a tapering wide column which is square in cross section.

“To the glory of God and in memory of those belonging to the Burgh and Parish of Ellon who fell in the Great War 1914-1919 and of those who gave their lives in the Second World War.”
Second Word War names on lower plaque.

Ellon War Memorial

From north. Below the soldier starts the inscription carried on round his feet, “They died that we might live.” Great War names on the cartouche:-

War Memorial Ellon

From west. Names for the Great War. The lowest plaque was added in 2000 to commemorate the dead of other conflicts since 1945:-

Ellon War Memorial from West

From south. Names for the Great War:-

War Memorial, Ellon from South.

Gordon Highlanders Memorial, Aberdeen

Another fruit of our trip to Peterhead. The memorial in Aberdeen to the Gordon Highlanders. Situated on Castlegate site of the regiment’s original barracks, near the junction with Union Street.

Aberdeen, Gordon Highlanders Memorial

Reverse view showing old style uniform and arms:-

Gordon Highlanders Memorial, Aberdeen

Dedication. “The renowned regiment of the north east of Scotland 1794-1994. Erected by the city of Aberdeen, unveiled by HRH the Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, 15th October 2011”

Dedication, Gordon Highlanders Memorial 4

Winston Churchill’s appreciation, “the finest regiment in the world”:-

Gordon Highlanders Memorial, Aberdeen

Kirkliston War Memorial

Kirkliston is a small town in West Lothian. I chanced upon it and its War Memorial, which is situated near the crossroads in the town, when I made a wrong turning exiting Dalmeny one day.

The memorial consists of a stone obelisk surmounted by a stone ball on a square pillar and bases with the square panels containing the dedication and lists of names:-

Kirkliston War Memorial

Dedication, “Erected by public subscription by the inhabitants of Kirkliston, Newbridge and Westerton districts to the memory of officers and men who fell in the Great War, 1914-1919”:-

Kirkliston War Memorial Dedication

Privates’ names for the Great War:-

Kirkliston War Memorial 3

Names of officers and non-commissioned officers from the Great War:-=

Kirkliston War Memorial 5

Names of officers and men from World War 2:-

Kirkliston War Memorial 4

Rhu War Memorial

Rhu is a village on the north bank of the River Clyde by the Gare Loch in Argyll and Bute. Its War Memorial stands in front of the churchyard, beautifully situated overlooking the entrance to the Gare Loch.

The inscription reads, “To the glory of God and in memory of the men from this parish who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War 1914-1918. And of those who fell in the war 1939-1945,” followed by World War 2 names. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Rhu Parish Church behind:-

Rhu War Memorial

Rhu War Memorial from the churchyard, Gare Loch behind:-

Rhu War Memorial from Churchyard

Rhu War Memorial from East. Names here are for the Great War:-

Rhu War Memorial from East

From west. Again the names are for the Great War:-

Rhu War Memorial from West

Jedburgh War Memorial

A cenotaph on a raised stone platform surrounded by a stone balustrade.

Jedburgh War Memorial, Full View

Close view. Great War names on these panels:-

Jedburgh War Memorial Close View

Showing east and south Great War plaques:-

Jedburgh War Memorial Closer View

From below steps. The facing lower plaque reads, “They died for their country 1914-1919.” Plaques to left and right list names for World War 2. (Jedburgh Abbey to left in background):-

Jedburgh War Memorial

World War 2 names:-

Jedburgh War Memorial Plaque 2

Jedburgh War Memorial Plaque

War Grave, Holy Trinity Church, Pitlochry

I must have passed this church building, of the Scottish Episcopal Church, twenty or so times at least. It wasn’t till October 2017 I noticed the Commonwealth War Graves sign on the gate.

Its grounds are lovely with a burn running through them.

Burn in Churchyard, Holy Trinity Church, Pitlochry

It contained one war grave quite near the entrance and close to the burn. Bombardier J Ward, Royal Garrison Artillery, 7/1/1915, aged 35:-

War Grave, Holy Trinity Church, Pitlochry

Here’s a video of the church and its grounds:-

Yorkshire Memorial, Essex Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders

Yorkshire Memorial from Essex Farm Cemetery. The memorial overlooks the Ypres-Yser canal:-

Yorkshire Memorial, Essex Farm Cemetery, Ypres

Closer View. Inscription reads “XLIX West Riding Division 1915 1918.”

Yorkshire Memorial Essex Farm Cemetery Closer View

Dedication, “To the memory of all ranks of the 49th West Riding Division who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War 1914 1918.”

Dedication,Yorkshire Memorial, Essex Farm Cemetery

1915, 1916 and 1917 Battle Honours:-

Yorkshire Memorial, Essex Farm Cemetery, 1915, 1916 and 1917 Battle Honours

1917 1918 Battle Honours:-

Yorkshire Memorial, Essex Farm Cemetery 1917 1918 Battle Honours

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