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War Memorial, New Elgin

Until I looked up Elgin War Memorial before our trip I had no idea there was a New Elgin. It lies to the south of Elgin itself.

We came up via the A 941 after turning off the A 95 at Craigellachie and passed though another Highland League town, Rothes, which has no less than four distilleries, but we didn’t have time to stop there for a look round.

Since I knew it where to find it I was able to stop to photograph New Elgin’s War Memorial. It is a figure of a kilted soldier with reversed rifle above a square plinth with scrolled edges.

War Memorial, New Elgin

Dedication, “To the men of New Elgin, Ashgrove and Mycroft,” and names:-

War Memorial, New Elgin, Dedication and Names

Great War names. Note Nurse Mary Fraser VAD:-

New Elgin War Memorial Great War Names


Great War Names, New Elgin War Memorial

Memorial’s reverse. Second World War names:-

Reverse, New Elgin War Memorial


Inveravon, Pictish Stones, and War Graves

In between Ballindalloch and Criagellachie Bridge we turned off the A 95 to find Inveravon Church and its Pictish Stones.

The stones were once in the open but are now kept in a porch:-

Pictish Stones, Inveravon

Inveravon Pictish Stones

Information Boards:-

Information Board, Inveravon

Inveravon PIctish Stones, Information Board 2

In the churchyard I found two Commonwealth War Graves.

Private A G Patterson, Seaforth Highlanders, 10/3/1915, aged 18:-

War Grave, Inveravon

Private J A Cantlie, Gordon Highlanders, 30/5/1918, aged 20:-

War Grave, Inveravon


Ballindalloch War Memorial

Continuing our trip up north in April  I spotted another War Memorial. This was by the side of the A 95 road on a pretty sharp bend.

There is no location identifier on the memorial but this pink granite cross on a pyramidal base is Ballindalloch War Memorial. Ballindalloch village is itself small but has two distilleries and a castle to its name:-

Ballindalloch War Memorial

It’s dedicated for both World Wars:-

Names, War Memorial, Ballindalloch




Advie War Memorial

After leaving Grantown-on-Spey we headed north on what in the end, over a few days, turned out to be a journey through the heartland of the Highland League past and present.

A few miles north of Grantown  I spotted a road sign which said “Advie War Memorial” so I had to turn off the main road to find it. The Memorial, a tapering granite pillar atop a rectangular plinth bearing names on its four faces, stands beside the side road opposite what looks like a village hall.

Advie War Memorial

Dedication and names:-

Advie War Memorial Dedications and Names

Names, Advie War Memorial

It appears this is a replacement memorial. This webpage says the original was damaged in 2006 and its remains are in Advie churchyard.

More names:-

Advie War Memorial Names

War Memorial, Advie, Names


Grantown-on-Spey, Strathspey District War Memorial

Grantown-on-Spey is a town in the former county of Moray in the Highland region of Scotland.

Its War Memorial is a stone column on a square plinth and sits beside the town square. The names of killed and missing are on bronze plaques on the plinth where can also be found a frieze depicting a kilted soldier. When we visited the memorial was decorated with flags making some of the inscriptions unreadable. (Unobstructed photos can be found here.)

Grantown-on-Spey War Memorial 1

Frieze, Grantown-on-Spey War Memorial

Dedication and names of men from Grantown-on-Spey. (The dedication is highlighted here.)

Grantown-on-Spey War Memorial, Name Plaque

The next plaque bears names from Abernathy (obscured,) Duthil, Rothiemurchus and Aviemore.

Name Plaque, Grantown-on-Spey War Memorial 3

The top named town below (Inverallan) is obscured but Cromdale and Advie are discernible:-

Name Plaque, Grantown-on-Spey War Memorial

The Royal British Legion building in Grantown has minor Art Deco styling and was also decorated for remembrance (even though it was April.)

Minor Art Deco in Grantown-on-Spey, British Legion Building

White House Cemetery, St Jean-les-Ypres, Belgium

White House Cemetery lies beside the N313 road just north-east of Ieper (Ypres,) Belgium.

It is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery and contains mostly graves of soldiers killed from 1915-1918, but there are 9 burials from the Second World War including a Belgian casualty.

Cemetery from road:-

White House Cemetery, From Road

Entrance Gate:-

Gate, White House Military Cemetery

Panoramic stitch:-

White House Cemetery

Stone memorial to Great War soldiers buried elsewhere:-

Memorial Stone, White House Cemetery

There were too many graves from the Great War (1163) to itemise them individually. The graves of the nine World War 2 dead are shown below.

Three WW2 Graves. Cpt V C Marr, MC, The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, 23/5/1940, aged 41. Cpl F S Payne, The Queen’s Royal Regiment, 23/5/1940. Cpl F C Schilling, The Buffs, 23/5/1940, aged 32:-

Three 1940 Graves

Thrre more graves from 1940. Private F T Birchall, Royal Sussex Regiment, 23/5/1940, aged 20. Private G A Edwards, Royal Sussex Regiment, 23/5/1940, aged 20. Lt Col F T Green, Northamptonshire Regiment, 23/5/1940, aged 41:-

Three More 1940 Graves, White House Cemetery

Two 1940 graves. Gunner D Strachan, Royal Artillery, 22/5/1940, aged 36. Fusilier W Penrose, Lancashire Fusiliers, 22/5/1940:-

Two More 1940 Graves, White House Cemetery

Louis Henri Vanninsel, 13/9/1898 – 24/5/1940. Stierf Voor Belgie:-

Belgian Grave, White House Cemetery

Thee was a fenced off crater nearby signalling the continuing legacy of the Great War,

Crater near White House Cemetery



Camelon War Memorial

Camelon is an area of Falkirk.

The War Memorial is a new one (one of the plaques says, “Erected in 2016”) and sits by the side of the B816 road near Lock 16 of the Forth and Clyde Canal. It’s unusual in being constructed of steel panels each with a jagged cut through it:-

Camelon War Memorial

Reverse  view:-

Camelon War Memorial Reverse View

Inscribed memorial stone:-

Camelon War Memorial

Name plaques and dedication which reads “Erected by the people of Camelon in faithful memory of all their fellow Mariners who gave their lives in time of conflict so that we today should enjoy ans cherish the blessing of freeedom.” Mariners is a nickname for all people from Camelon:-

Camelon War Memorial Names

More names:-

Camelon War Memorial More Names

Camelon War Memorial Names

In the Company of Eagles by Ernest K Gann

Four Square/NEL, 1967, 221 p.

This novel of aerial combat in the Great War focuses on Sergeant Paul Chamay of the 322nd Escadrille in the Service Aéronautique and Leutnant Sebastian Kupper of Jasta 76 of the Luftstreitkräfte. Early in his combat experience Chamay sees his friend and mentor, Raymonde, killed by a German flying an Albatros with a distinctive target painted on its fuselage. Chamay is enraged since, though Raymonde’s aeroplane was incapacitated, he might have survived had Kupper (the Albatros was his) not come in to fire at him again, hitting him in the head. Chamay is from then on fixated on seeking out that Albatros and killing its pilot.

While that is the bare bones of the plot the book as a whole is much more nuanced than this might suggest, as it also explores – if only briefly – other characters, Chamay’s inventive but slightly hare-brained mechanic Babarin and forgetful armourer Susotte, his commander, the formal Captain Jourdan, and a lover, Denise, Kupper’s relationship with his wife Marie via her letters, his stolid batman Private Pilger, and the wily scrounger Feldwebel Groos. There is also a sequence involving a ham from Kempinsky’s, a gift to Kupper from Marie that is coveted by all at the front and manages to pass through several hands.

Gann outlines the vicissitudes of a Great War fighter pilot, always on the lookout, never able to let his guard down, the rigours of open cockpit aerial warfare, swathed in warm clothing, the cramp induced by the controls.

There is also a brief account of the catastrophic Nivelle offensive of 1917, of the French units which fought in it, and died, the calamity which led to mutiny and refusal to undertake any more offensive operations.

Later in the book we find that Kupper thought he was performing a mercy on Raymonde, saving him from a fiery death, though of course Chamay never gets to know this.

The final encounter, to which the book was always leading up, unfolds in a way which is a touch unexpected.

I have long held in interest in the aerial aspect of the Great War having read the histories They Fought for the Sky by Quentin Reynolds and The Friendless Sky by Alexander Mckee in my youth. Though fiction, In the Company of Eagles is as good an introduction to the subject as any.

Pedant’s corner:- The cover illustration isn’t quite spot on. There are two [red] Fokker Triplanes depicted on the wraparound cover but none appears in the text – though an attack by new [black] RNAS Sopwith Triplanes on Kupper’s airfield does. In addition I believe only Manfred von Richthofen flew a red-coloured Fokker Triplane.

Otherwise; wiith (with,) Mercedes’ (Mercedes’s,) Albatros’ (Albatros’s,) “Jourdan hesitated so, that Chamay was certain he was trying to communicate ….” (no need for the comma.) “None of the items were used” (none … was used,) after the Nivelle offensive another German tells Kupper the French troops were mutinying (at the time they occurred the Germans were ignorant of the French mutinies,) Gros (elsewhere always Groos,) Barbarin (elsewhere always Babarin.) “Every French aeroplane was not flown by a man named Chamay” (at least one French aeroplane was, though, so that sentence isn’t true. It ought to read ‘Not every French aeroplane was flown by a man named Chamay’,) jettys (jetties,) pistules (pustules.)

Auchterarder Great War Memorial

This is a  bronze wheel cross on a stone column and dedicated to Great War dead. (The Second World War names are on the entrance gates to the enclosure.)

Auchterarder War Memorial

Above the name plaques and circumscribing the memorial is the inscription, “Erected in grateful and reverent memory of the sons of Auchterarder who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1919.” Below the plaques, “And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.”

Names, War Memorial, Auchterarder

Great War Names, Auchterarder War Memorial

War Memorial, Auchterarder, Great War Names

War Memorial, Auchterarder, Names for Great War

Wheel Cross, with crests inscribed in stone below:-

Wheel Cross, Auchterarder Great War Memorial

Great War Memorial, Auchterarder, Wheel Cross

War Memorial Gates, Auchterarder

Auchterarder is a town in Perth and Kinross. The Gleneagles Hotel is not far from it. We had a walk round the town after we had moved on from Tullibardine Chapel.

About halfway along the 1½ mile High Street is a pair of War Memorial Gates. These are dedicated to the dead of World War 2. Looking through the gates Auchterarder’s Great War Memorial can be seen :-

War Memorial Gates, Auchterarder

The Second World War names are displayed on the right hand gate:-


Auchterarder, War Memorial Gates

On the paving in front of the gates is inscribed 1914 and 1945.

Paving at War Memorial Gates, Auchterarder

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