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Penicuik War Grave

In St Mungo’s churchyard, Penicuik, Midlothian, just off the main road through the town.

Lance Corporal R P Brown, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, 3/6/1920, aged 26.

Penicuik War Grave

Kemback Church, War Memorial and War Grave

Kemback is a village in the centre of Fife. It is near Cupar. The village is fairly off the beaten track so I hadn’t visited it before March last year.

The typically Scottish style Church is up quite a steep road off the one through the main part of the village and is a replacement for an older one. The War Memorial stands prominently beside it.

Kemback Church and War Memorial

The Great War Memorial is a Celtic style cross with embedded sword and its plinth is inscribed, “In memory of the men of this parish who fell in the Great War 1914-1919.”

Kemback Great War Memorial

The Second World War Memorial is a plaque on the church wall. “1939-1945. In grateful memory of the menof Kemback parish who gave their lives in this war.”

Kemback Second World War Memorial

There was one war grave in the cemetery, Private W Doig, Gordon Highlanders, 30/12/1919, one of the names on the Memorial. The poor soul lingered on for more than a year after the war ended.

War Grave, Kemback

War Graves, Cockpen and Carrington Parish Church

After Stobhill we passed this church on the way back from Crichton Castle (and Collegiate Kirk) and I noticed the Commonwealth War Graves sign.

Cockpen is south of Bonnyrigg on the B 974 between Bonnyrigg and Gorebridge.

Inside the churchyard I found no fewer than twelve war graves.

(I have no idea why some of these don’t show as pictures on the blog but only as links to my Flickr.

Edited to add; they seem to be loading okay, now.)

Guardsman G Davis, Scots Guards, 20/4/1919:-

War Grave 1, Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard

Sergeant T Smith, Air Gunner, RAF, 3/10/1943, aged 25. An urn in front of the gravestone commemorates Alice Cummings:-

Cockpen and Carrington Kirk, Grave 2 + Alice Cummings

Able Seaman A Raeburn, RNVR, HMS Dinosaur, 15/6/1943:-

Cockpen and Carrington Kirk, War Grave 3

Sapper J Murphy, Royal Engineers, 1/11/1918:-

Cockpen and Carrington Kirk, War Grave 4

Private R Millar, Highland Light Infantry, 5/5/1917, aged 24:-

War Grave 5, Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard

Private A Ramage, Royal Scots, 27/4/1919:-

Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard, War Grave 6

Gunner W Cranston, Royal Artillery, 15/3/1919, aged 20:-

War Grave 7,  Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard

Driver W Ward, Royal Field Artillery, 23/2/1919:-

Cockpen and Carrington Kirk, War Grave 8

Flight Sergeant J E A Huschmann, RAF, 8/5/1943:-

War Grave 9,  Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard

Guardsman G K Pringle, Scots Guards, 19/10/1916:-

War Grave 10,  Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard

Private J Allan, London Regiment, 16/2/1919:-

War Grave 11,  Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard

Private P Bennet, Royal Scots, 23/10/1919@-

Cockpen and Carrington Kirkyard, War Grave 12

Fortingall War Memorial

Fortingall is a village in Perth and Kinross, fairly remote. Go to Kenmore at the foot of Loch Tay, take the road along the north shore of the loch and turn right at Fearnan – and you’ve still a few miles to go.

The War Memorial lies in a walled off area just outside the churchyard:-

Fortingall War Memorial

This is the view of the kirk through the gates seen to the left above:-

Fortingall Kirk

Fortingall’s War Memorial Inscriptions read, “To the glory of god and in memory of those from Fortingall district who fell in the Great War 1914-1919,” and below, “They died that we might live.” Both inscriptions are also rendered in Gaelic.:-

Fortingall War Memorial Inscription

The 1939-45 names are engraved on one side of the Memorial:-

Fortingall War Memorial Side Panele

One of the gravestones in the kirkyard has war dedications. Pte Peter Cameron, 43rd Canadians, died of wounds in France, 12/10/1916, aged 29. Corp William Cameron, Scottish Horse, 5/3/1919, aged 36:-

Fortingall Cemetery War Dedication

Plockton and War Graves

Plockton from the jetty:-

Plockton Village from Jetty

Looking Towards Loch Carron:-

Plockton looking Towards Loch Carron

The climate is very mild. If you zoom in on the photo you will see palm trees:-

Plockton Village

The churchyard cemetery had a Commonwealth War Graves sign. There were two; one from each war, though both casualties died after hostilities ceased

Seaman W J Reid, RNR, SS Cresco, 30/11/1918, age 28:-

Second War Grave, Plockton

Captain R McKay, RAMC, 4/7/1946, age 46:-

War Grave, Plockton

Loch Alsh

The loch leads down from its junctions with Loch Long and Loch Duich at Dornie to where it meets the sea.

From Duirinish road. Dornie is off to left, Kyle of Lochalsh to right:-

View of Loch Alsh

Loch Alsh from above looking southwest. Kyle of Lochalsh off to right:-

Loch Alsh From Above Looking Southwest

Loch Alsh from above looking southeast towards Dornie:-

Loch Alsh From Above Looking Southeast

About a mile or so outside Dornie on the road to Kyle of Lochalsh there is a cemetery. It had the Commonwealth War Graves sign

Assistant Cook G R Duffield, HMS Port Quebec, 16/10/1940, age 42:-

Lochalsh War Grave 2

Able Seaman H J Moore, HMS Trelawney, 13/9/1941, age 22:-

Lochalsh War Grave 1

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

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

Kilrenny War Graves

Kilrenny is a village in Fife, as near to Anstruther – and Cellardyke – as almost makes no difference, separated only by a (short stretch of) road.

I spotted a Commonwealth War Graves sign on its graveyard’s entrance and went to investigate. There were two graves.

Private G Corstorphine, The Black Watch, 10/8/1917, aged 25:-

Commonwealth War Grave, Kilrenny, Fife, Scotland

Private J Doig, The Black Watch, 15/11/1915, aged 20:-

War Grave, Kilrenny

In addition three private gravestones mentioned war dead.

James Anstruther Moncrieff, killed in action, HMS Invincible, 31/5/1916, aged 22. Presumably in the Battle of Jutland:-

Kilrenny Memorial

Alexander W Henderson, lost at sea by mine explosion, 14/8/1917, aged 29:-

Kilrenny Commemoration

Similar name but a different gravestone yet obviously the same incident. Andrew Henderson, killed at sea by an explosion, August 1917, aged 53:-

Kilrenny Grave Commemoration

Lance Corporal James Murray, 48 Canadian Highlanders, Canadian Expeditionary Force, 22/4/1915, aged 21:-

Kilrenny War Commemoration

Some corner of a foreign field…. Wietje Farm Cemetery

Wietje Farm Cemetery is close to Ypres (Ieper,) Flanders, Belgium, just off the N313 road. The access is up a grassed path between two houses into a field growing crops. The path continues round the edge of the field until it is at a right angle to the cemetery to which it then leads.

115 Commonwealth servicemen of the Great War are buried here along with one German.

Wietje Farm Cemetery From Access Path

Wietje Farm Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium

Graves and Cross of Sacrifice:-

Wietje Farm Cemetery, Graves

The German grave; Unteroffizier O Hoffmeister, R Inf R, 22/9/1917. This lies off to the left of the previous photo:-

Wietje Farm Cemetery, German Grave

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