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Interior Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire

Dining room:-

Dining Room, Drum Castle

Ceiling of Library (formerly the servant’s Hall)

Drum Castle Library Ceiling (Formerly Servant's Hall)

Window recess, Library. Note thickness of the wall, for defensive purposes:-

Drum Castle Library, Window Recess

The muniments room was where the owner did his accounts and doled out money. The chair is said to be very old:-

Drum Castle, Chair in Muniments Room

Door to sitting room:-

Sitting Room, Drum Castle

Sitting room:-

Sitting Room, Drum Castle

Sitting room fireplace:-

Sitting Room Fireplace, Drum Castle

Sitting room ceiling:-

Drum Castle Sitting Room Ceiling

van Dyk portrait of King Charles I in Drum Castle. Sadly photo did not turn out well:-

van Dyk Portrait, Drum Castle


Bedroom, Drum Castle

War Death Commemoration, Chapel, Drum Castle. Lieutenant Robert Hugh Irvine, the Gordon Highlanders, aged 22 years, killed at Singapore, 13/2/1942:-

War Commemoration, Chapel, Drum Castle

Marykirk War Memorial

A red stone slab pillar built with Celtic bas-relief carving and two cast bronze name panels:-

Marykirk War Memorial

War Memorial, Marykirk

Upper plaque, inscribed, “To the glorious memory of men from Marykirk who fell on active service 1914 – 1919,” Great War names, then below, “May we be worthy of their sacrifice”:-

Great War Names, Marykirk War Memorial

Lower plaque, to, “Those who fell in the Second World War” followed by the names:-

Marykirk War Memorial, WW2 Names

Memorial bench behind memorial:-

Marykirk War Memorial  Bench

Lauder War Memorial

Lauder is a village on the A 68 about 27 miles south of Edinburgh. Its War Memorial is a stone pillar on an octagonal base, surmounted by a lion.

Lauder War Memorial

Dedication, “Erected in memory of those from the Parish and Burgh of Lauder who laid down their lives in the War of 1914 – 1918. Their names will live for ever.”
Lower panel, “1939 – 1945,” and names:-

Lauder War Memorial Dedication

Great War Names, officers and men, Allan – Brown:-

Lauder War Memorial, Names for Great War

Great War Names, Bruce – Middlemiss:-

Great War Names, Lauder War Memorial

Great War Names, Moore – Welsh:-

Lauder War Memorial Great War Names

Finial, inscribed, “1914-1918”

Lauder War Memorial Finial

War Memorial, Wooler

War Memorial from Road:-

Wooler War Memorial from Road

From path:-

Wooler War Memorial from Path

“To the memory of those frorm the Wooler District who fell in the Great War 1914-1919. Their name liveth for evermore.”

“No hate was theirs, no thirst for fame, when forth to death by homour sent. Life beckoned sweet, the Great Call came, They knew their duty and they went.”

War Memorial Wooler

Great War: Armstrong – Deedes
WW2 names: Brewis – Eliot:-

Names, War Memorial, Wooler

Great War names: Fettis – Lambton:-

Wooler War Memorial, Great War Names

Great War names: Leach -Thomson.
WW2 names: Murdie – Smith J:-

Names, Wooler War Memorial

Great War Names: Smart A – Taylor:-

Wooler War Memorial Great War Names

World War 2 names: Forster – Lowrie:-

Wooler War Memorial, World War 2 Names

War Memorials and Grave, Wooler Church

On the way back up from Peterborough we stopped at Wooler in Northumberland (Northumbria as was.) It’s one of our favourite places.

It being 2018 the local church was hosting an exhibition on the aniversary of the Great War’s end, featuring photographs and information about local lads who had served.

The church itself contained two War Memorials – one was a Roll of Honour for Wooler Church School, inscribed at top, “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.”

War Memorial for Wooler Church School

The other was dedicated to members of the congregation. There were two name boards, the first inscribed, “To the glory of God and in memory of the men of …” The inscription carries on to the next board.

Wooler Church War Memorial

Inscription carried on from previous board, “… the Parish of Wooler who gave their lives in the Great War AD, 1914-19.”
Next board says, “In memory of those who fell in the Second World War 1939-45.”

War Memorial Wooler Church

Stained glass in church:-

Stained Glass, Wooler Church

Grave of J Stothert, Tyneside Irish Northumberland Fusiliers, 12/8/1917, aged 45:-

War Grave, Wooler

A War Memorial, Peterborough

This memorial in Peterborough’s town centre looks modern, probably erected for the 100th Anniversary of the Great War.

This side is inscribed, “Lest We Forget.”

Peterborough, A War Memorial


A War Memorial, Peterborough

Matlock Bath + War Memorial

Matlock Bath is a village in Derbyshire, 1½ miles from Matlock on the A6 and by the River Derwent.

As we were to be travelling along the A6 and I have a crested china model of Matlock Bath’s War Memorial I was keen to stop and photograph the real thing. It lies between the main street and the river in a little wooded area and would be easy to miss if you’re just passing through.

War Memorial, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

It’s slightly unusual in style bearing the figures of a soldier and sailor holding a Union flag.

Matlock Bath War Memorial Figures

The inscription reads, “Our glorious dead,” and, “In honoured memory of the men of Matlock Bath who gave their all in the Great War of Nations 1914 – 1919,” with at the bottom of the column, “Their name liveth for evermore.”

An information board sits to its side:-

Information, Matlock Bath War Memorial

Memorial from West, inscribed , “Duty nobly done, Honour bravely won, Loyal hearts now rest, By God’s peace now blest.”

Matlock Bath War Memorial from West

From north, inscribed, “Also in honoured memory of the men who gave their lives in the World War 1939 -1945.”

Matlock Bath War Memorial From North

From east, inscribed, “Greater Love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Matlock Bath War Memorial from East

Further along Matlock Bath’s main street there is a café with hints of Art Deco:-

Art Deco Style, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

Coniston War Memorial

Coniston is a village in Cumbria in the English Lake District, near the lake which also bears the name (Coniston Water.) Its War Memorial is a cross with Celtic styling. Inscribed, “These men of Coniston gave their lives for their country 1914 – 1918,” followed by the Great War names and below, “1939 – 1945,” with Second World War Names beneath it:-

Coniston War Memorial

Coniston War Memorial Dedication

Very close by there is a memorial to a Victoria Cross awardee, Lance Corporal James Hewitson, King’s Own Royal Lancashire Regiment, 26/4/1918:-

VC Dedication by Coniston War Memorial

Lance Corporal Hewitson was one of the luckier VC recipients. His grave, to the right of the War Memorial in the first photo above, shows he died on 2/3/1963:-

Grave of VC Winner, Coniston

Though the lake is not easily visible from the village its approaches and main street are dominated by a hill, the Old Man of Coniston:-

Old Man of Coniston

Menstrie War Memorial Addendum

I had forgotten I’d photographed Menstrie War Memorial before, in 2013, so in 2018 I did so again.

The town is in Clackmannanshire. Its War Memorial is a stone column in a park area to the west of the town.

Menstrie War Memorial

The main plaque is inscribed, “1914 – 1918. They who are commemorated here at the call of King and country left all that was dear to them and gave up their lives that others might live in freedom. Let those that come after them see to it that their names are not forgotten,” with the names following. Base of column reads, “1914 – 1918.” The lower plaque bears “1939 – 1945” and the relevant names.

War Memorial, Menstrie

Another additional plaque commemorates Polish soldiers stationed in Menstrie who died in the Second World War.

Polish Dedication, Menstrie War Memorial 3 close

War Graves, Dunning

In St Serf’s churchyard, Dunning (see previous post,) there are two Commonwealth War Graves

Lance Corporal W L Crowe, 5th Battalion, Australian Infantry, 6/7/1918, aged 24:-

War Grave, Dunning, Strathearn

Corporal A G Small, Army Catering Corps, 15/12/1944, aged 22:-

Dunning War Grave

In the churchyard another gravestone commemorates William Duncan, 1st Scots Guards, died of wounds in France, 13/12/1916 aged 32:-

War Death Commemoration Dunning

A plaque in St Serf’s itself remembers Major Norman Chetwynd Rollo, KOSB, died of wounds in Belgium, September, 1944, aged 28:-

War Memorial Plaque, St Serf's, Dunning

A burn runs through the village and under the main road. It forms a backstop to the foot of this garden:-

Burn, Tree and Garden, Dunning

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