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Markinch War Memorial Addendum

I posted some photographs of the nearest War Memorial (Markinch) to Son of the Rock Acres here. I did not at the time post details of the dedications.

Great War dedication, “To the glory of God and in memory of the men from Markinch who laid down their lives in the Great War 1914 – 1919” below carved figure of St George.

Markinch War Memorial, Great War  Dedication and St George.

World War 2 dedication, “Remember also those who laid down their lives in the Second World War 1939 – 1945,” plus names of the fallen below carved figure of St Drostan:-

Markinch War Memorial WW2 Dedication and St Drostan

Surround stones. These display the names of the Great War dead on their internal faces:-

Markinch War Memorial, Surround Stones

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

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

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