Peebles War Memorial Addendum

I posted photgraphs of Peebles War Memorial, which doubles as the Memorial for Peeblesshire, here.

Since that visit three boards providing information about the memorial’s design, designer and unveiling (by Field Marshal Haig, no less.)

Peebles War Memorial Information Board

Information About Peebles War Memorial

Information Board Peeblesshire War Memorial 3

Memorial from entrance to quadrangle:-

Peebles War Memorial

Quadrangle:-

Peebles War Memorial and Hall

War Graves, Innerleithen

Innerleithen’s cemetery is on the left hand side of the road as you go into the town from the direction of Traquair. I found twelve Commonwealth War Graves, eight for World War 2, four for the Great War.

J MCI Melrose, Royal Signals, 21/3/1944, aged 21:-

Innerleithen War Grave

W Craig, Ordinary Seaman, RN, HMS Ganges, 14/8/1945, aged 18:-

War Grave, Innerleithen

Private J Strachan, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 13/6/1945, aged 18:-

Innerleithen War Grave

Corporal G K Brunton, The Royal Scots, 18/2/1944, aged 32:-

War Grave Innerleithen

Lance Corporal R T Smith, The Royal Scots, 13/6/1941, aged 23:-

Innerleithen War Grave

Sergeant G Russell, RAF, 6/5/1942, aged 32:-

War Grave, Innerleithen

Trooper R Crosbie, 1st Lothians & Border Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps, 28/12/1940, aged 21:-

Innerleithen, War Grave

Lieutenant R Campbell, 1st Peebles-shire Home Guard, 20/8/1944, aged 55. It’s unusual to see a War Grave for someone who was in the Home Guard:-

War Grave, Innerleithen

Private J Aitchison, 14th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, 15/10/1916, aged 40:-

Great War Grave, Innerleithen

Sergeant W J Bell, Royal Scots, 27/1/1917, aged 37. (And his wife, Isobel Hislop, died 22/5/1981, aged 87. 64 years after her husband.) I note that, as is the Scottish custom, Sergeant Bell’s wife reverted to her maiden name in death:-

Innerleithen, Great War Grave

Sapper G Blake, Royal Engineeers, 2/5/1918, aged 46:-

Innerleithen, Great War Grave

Lance Serjeant Edward Oliver, Royal Scots, 24/2/1916, aged 23:-

Great War Grave, Innerleithen

“The Band Begins to Play, My Boys”

I’m afraid I can’t do anything but flinch when members of the UK’s present Government wax lyrical about our suddenly “wonderful” NHS. Pass the sick bucket.

(Especially egregious was the spectacle of Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak applauding outside 10 Downing Street. A derisory photo-op if ever I saw one.)

This is the same NHS they cynically used to win a referendum on false pretences, that their political persuasion has been denigrating at every opportunity for almost as long as I can remember and that their Political Party has been deliberately running down for the past ten years in preparation for saying that it’s broken and must be sold off. Run down and underequipped so much that it’s not now in the state it could have been to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Their attitude irresistibly reminds me of Rudyard Kipling’s poem, Tommy:-

O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
But it’s, “Thank you, Mister Atkins,” when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it’s, “Thank you, Mister Atkins,” when the band begins to play.

Crowdfunding Sons

In these dark days of no football and nothing to light up (or darken) Saturday afternoons, thoughts can easily turn to gloom.

This is especially so since there is a real prospect that without an income stream for what would have been the remainder of the season many clubs – Sons included – could struggle to survive.

In a generous gesture the staff and players have already agreed to defer half the wages they were due, which will go some way to ease the financial pressures on the club.

However that was always unlikely to be enough. To enable fans to play a part in (with hope) tiding the club over scary times, a crowdfunding page has been set up for them – and others – to contribute towards helping Dumbarton FC as a club through a difficult time.

Yes, I have already donated.

Innerleithen War Memorial

Innerleithen is a small town on the A 72 in Tweeddale, the Scottish Borders, in Peebleshire as was.

For a few years in the 1960s my grandfather (the original Jack Deighton) and grandmother Margery, lived in the town. It’s been one of my favourite places ever since.

Innerleithen War Memorial is an erect stone slab set in the grounds of the Memorial Hall off the B 709, at the junction between Leithen Road and Chapel Street. The gate is inscribed Innerleithen War Memorial:-

Innerleithen War Memorial

Innerleithen War Memorial

Dedications. “Pro Patria” inside a wreath flanked by “1914 – 1918,” Great War Names.”1939 – 1945,” and an additional lower plaque for a 1939 – 1945 addended name:-

Innerleithen War Memorial

Traquair War Memorial, Addendum

I posted a single photograph of this war memorial in 2013. A year or so ago I took some more.

Traquair War Memorial from across B 709:-

Traquair War Memorial from Distance

Dedication, “Lest We Forget” on bar of cross, Great War names on column:-

Traquair War Memorial

Dedications and WW2 Name. “To the memory of those who from this part of Traquair gave their lives in the cause of freedom 1914 – 1918.” The lower block is inscribed, “1939 – 1945. Lieut R D Ballantyne, Cardrona, DLI.” Cardrona is a vilage a mile or so from Traquair on the B 7602 to Peebles:-

Dedications and WW2 Name, Traquair War Memorial 3

Great War Names. I see from The Scottish Military Research Group – Commemorations Project that the first name here, Honourable E W Tennant, was one of the war poets.

Great War Names, Traquair War Memorial

Friday on my Mind 188: But You Know I Love You. RIP Kenny Rogers.

The usual output of Kenny Rogers who died last weekend, The Gambler, Coward of the County etc, isn’t really my cup of tea. It is undeniable however that he had a big following.

I had been toying with the idea of using this group’s second UK hit in this spot for some while and this would have been an ideal opportunity but I decided its title might be a little insensitive in connection with someone recently deceased. (It was also from 1970.)

Here’s one that wasn’t a UK hit at all but whose refrain has stuck in my mind for all those years – without me really remembering who had sung it.

The First Edition: But You Know I Love You

I note that Kenny’s Guardian obituary (see link above) says Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town, the group’s first UK hit, was written from the viewpoint of a Vietnam veteran. At the time the story was that “the crazy Asian war” of the song’s lyric was actually the Korean War.

Kenneth Donald (Kenny) Rogers: 21/8/1938 – March 20/3/2020. So it goes.

The Things You See at Antiques Fairs

Photographed at Ingliston Antiques Fair February 2019.

S Luca’s ice-cream van. (A replica? Maybe not. Bargain Hunt’s Natasha Raskin Sharp was in it when we arrived.) Luca’s is a well-known (in Edinburgh and the Lothians) ice-cream company.

S Luca's Ice Cream Van

Roll of Honour. “Leith, Edinburgh and District Journeyman Coopers. The following members loyally took up arms in the Great War 1914 – 1918 and made the supreme sacrifice.”

Roll of Honour

Memorials to Other Conflicts, Glasgow Cathedral

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (in two World Wars,) Gulf War 1990-1991, Falkland Islands 1982, Bell of HMS Glasgow 1938:-

War Memorials, Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral, War Memorial 4

Scots Guards Memorial. The plaque commemorates those who died in Northern Ireland or due to terrorist activity. The upper plaque states a nearby window was dedicated in 1950 by the Duke of Gloucester to Scots Guards who died on active service in earlier conflicts:-

Scots Guards Memorial

Great War Memorials, Glasgow Cathedral

Memorial to Highlanders. The names are legible but the inscription below them is all but unreadable. At the time of visiting I was given to understand this was a memorial to men who died in service in India but it seems it is a Great War Memorial. There is a memorial to campaigns in India nearby.

Memorial to Highlanders, Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Police Memorial. “To the glory of God and in memory of the men of the Glasgow Police who gave their lives in the War 1914 – 1918.”
“Go tell our city living we guarded thee, dead we guard thee still.”

Great War Memorial Glasgow Cathedral

Lowland Field Ambulance Memorial. “157th Lowland Field Ambulance. In proud memory of those who died for their country. 1914 -1918. 1939 – 1945. In arduis fidelis.”

Lowland Field Ambulance Memorial, Glasgow Cathedral 3

Royal Army Medical Corps Memorial. “1914 – 1919. In memory of the ranks of the ranks of the Glasgow units Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial Force) who lost their lives in the Great War. Erected by their comrades.”

RAMC Memorial, Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral Congregation Memorial:-

Great War Memorial, to Glasgow Cathedral Congregation

Memorial to “men of this church.” “Sacred to the memory of the men of this church who gave their lives in the Great War. Their name liveth for evermore.”

A Great War Memorial, Glasgow Cathedral

Memorial to Four Brothers of the Great War. “To the glory of God and in memory of four brothers native to this city who died for their country and in the cause of honour and freedom.
Capt Charles H Anderson, HLI, Givenchy, 19/12/1914.
Lt Alexander R Anderson, HLI, Vielle Chapelle, 8/10/1915.
Capt Edward K Anderson, RFC, Winchester, 16/3/1918.
Lt Col William H Anderson VC, Mericourt, 15/3/1918.”

Memorial to Four Brothers of the Great War, Glasgow Cathedral

Highland Light Infantry Memorial. “In memory of the Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and men of the 23 Battalion HLI who fell in the Great War 1914 – 1918. Their name liveth for evermore.”

Highland Light Infantry Great War Memorial, Glasgow Cathedral

Roll of Honour, Parish of St Mungo High, 1914 – 1919:-

Roll of Honour, Parish of St Mungo High 1914 - 1919

There were two busts near the Cathedral’s entrance of a woman in nurse’s uniform and a man in military uniform, presumably set in place for the 100th anniversary of the Great War:-

Great War Busts, Glasgow Cathedral

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