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War Graves, Newburgh

I have posted about Newburgh before, but I hadn’t visited its cemetery until in August 2018 I found four graves each with a possible war link.

Regulating Petty Officer A S Anderson, RN, HMS St George, 14/5/1944, aged 43:-

War Grave, Newburgh Cemetery

Corporal J MacNaughton RAF, 8/9/1946, aged 28:-

Newburgh War Grave

Private J Blyth, The Black Watch, 3/1/1915:-

Great War Grave, Newburgh

An unusual one this. It has a Commonwealth War Graves style headstone but is inscribed, “Alexander Ilytch Shenkman, born Moscow 29/11/1923, died Newburgh 21/2/2004.”:-

Grave Newburgh

Kilrenny War Memorial, Cellardyke

The Parish is Kilrenny but since most of the war dead in the Great War were from Cellardyke the memorial was placed in Cellardyke, in a commanding position overlooking the sea. Steps lead up to it.

Steps up to Kilrenny War Memorial

It has an unusual three-sided appearance:-

Kilrenny War Memorial

Kilrenny War Memorial Side View

Dedication. “Erected in proud and reverent memory of those connected with the Parish of Kilrenny who laid down their lives in the Great War 1914 1918.”

Kilrenny War Memorial Dedication

The three panels, above two of which are listed the Great War dead, are decorated with a wreath over crossed swords (under the dedication,) a soldier:-

Kilrenny War Memorial Figure of Soldier

and a sailor:-

Kilrenny War Memorial Figure of Sailor

The three “edges” are surmounted by stone lions with shields below respectively showing Kilrenny’s coat of arms:-

Kilrenny War Memorial

a steam drifter:-

Kilrenny War Memorial Shield

and a plough:-

Shield, Kilrenny War Memorial

Brechin War Memorial

After all those visits to Brechin to see the mighty Sons of the Rock play away against Brechin City last year in August in preparation for yet another visit I finally looked up where Brechin’s War Memorial is located. It turned out it’s very near the football ground in a pleasant park area.

It’s an impressive sandstone column:-

Brechin War Memorial

Side view:-

Brechin War Memorial From Side

World War 2 Dedication. “To the glory of God and in grateful remembrance of those who gave their lives in the Second World War 1939 – 1945.” Below the names, “Greater love hath no man than this.”

World War 2 Dedication, Brechin War Memorial

Great War Dedication, “To the undying memory of the men of the City and Parish of Brechin who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 – 1919. Their name liveth for evermore,” and names Ada – Cla:-

Brechin War Memorial Great War Dedication

Great War names Cob – Hod:-

WW1 Names, Brechin War Memorial 8

Great War names Hoo-Pai:-

Great War Names Brechin War Memorial

Great War names Pet – You:-

Brechin War Memorial Great War Names

Other Conflicts; Kenya, Northern Ireland, Korea, Malaya. Plus additional names for France 1916, Burma 1945, and Mediterranean 1942:-

Brechin War Memorial, Other Conflicts

Carmyllie War Memorial

For years on my way up to Brechin to see the mighty Sons of the Rock play at Glebe Park against Brechin City I have been passing this War Memorial – a granite pillar by the side of the B961 seemingly in the middle of nowhere at a junction with an unnumbered minor road (to the left in the first photo below.) There’s not really a place to park but on making that same trip in August 2018 I made sure to stop.

Carmyllie War Memorial

As you can see it’s beautifully kept.

The inscription reads, “In proud and loving memory of men from Carmyllie District who fell in the Great Wars 1914 – 1918. 1939 – 1945.” Great War names are below, plus one for World War 2.

Carmyllie War Memorial Pillar

A memorial bench is set behind the pillar:-

Carmyllie War Memorial Bench

Great War names, plus one for World War 2:-

Carmyllie War Memorial Names

Again Great War names, plus one for World War 2:-

Names Carmyllie War Memorial

The lack of Second World War names on these rural memorials may be due a combination of the loss of men in the Great War and the decline in numbers of men involved in farming which occurred between the two wars as a result of mechanisation.

Giffordtown War Memorial

A stone obelisk on a square plinth, this serves the Fife parish of Collessie which encompasses the villages of Collessie, Giffordtown, Charlottetown and Edentown.

Southern aspect. Inscribed, “Giffordtown and District War Memorial. In honoured memory of the men of Collessie Parish who made the supreme sacrifice for their country in the Great War 1914 – 1919.” The panel below says, “1939 – 1945” and then lists names for WW2:-

Giffordtown War Memorial Southern Aspect

Eastern aspect. Great War names:-

Giffordtown War Memorial Eastern Aspect

Northern aspect. The top panel lists WW1 names. The lower panel is indistinct but I believe commemorates a death in the Korean War:-

Giffordtown War Memorial

Western aspect. Great War names:-

Giffordtown War Memorial, Western Aspect

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 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


Back when I was young I used to have an order for Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly.

Buchan had been a football player in the 1910s and 1920s – most notably with Sunderland. His career was interrupted of course by the Great War (in which he served and won the Military Medal.)

His eponymous monthly magazine (started in 1951) was the first dedicated to football.

One article I strongly remember (though I forget most of the details) was about the longest FA Cup tie ever played, which went to several replays before finally being resolved.

However the magazine stopped publishing in 1974. When my newsagent pointed this out to me I told him (being well into SF by that time) that I had in any case decided to transfer my order to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (aka to us aficionados as F&SF.)

I forget how many years I kept the order – probably till around the time I got married. I still have all those issues in a cupboard somewhere, though, despite several house moves since.

Though I was never much into the fantasy side of F&SF I did remember with some fondness stories written by Phyllis Eisenstein about one Alaric the minstrel who had been born with the ability to teleport merely by thinking. As a bit of nostalgia I have bought and am now reading a novel featuring Alaric (Born to Exile – see my sidebar for the moment.) I wonder how it will stand up.

If it does there’s a sequel titled In the Red Lord’s Reach which I may then purchase.

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