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War Graves, Leslie Cemetery

Leslie is a small town not far from where I now live. My photographs of its War Memorial are here and of its remaining Art Deco buildings here. My post on the lost Regal Cinema is here.

As is common its cemetery gates carry the “Commonwealth War Graves here” sign.

I found four, three fromn the Great War, one from the Second World War.

Privat D F Robbin, Royal Scots, 20/12/1915, aged 22:-

War Grave, Leslie Cemetery

Private W LIvingstone, The Black Watch, 9/2/1917:-

Leslie Cemetery War Grave

Private R Thomson, Royal Scots Greys, 23/10/1920, aged 39. “In loving memory of our dear father from wife & family”:-

War Grave in Leslie Cemetery

Lance Corporal J F Johnstone, Royal Engineers, 21/2/1941, aged 23.
The stone below is inscribed “From the neighbours”:-

War Grave, Leslie Cemtery

War Graves, Lockerbie

In common with many municipal cemeteries around the country Lockerbie‘s has a “Commonwealth War Graves here” sign on its gates.

I found three; two for the Great War, one for World War 2.

Second Lieutenant D Black, General List and RFC, 3/10/1917, aged 18:-

War Grave, Lockerbie Cemetery

Private E P Ferguson, Highland Cyclist Battalion, 17/1/1918:-

Lockerbie War Grave

Lance Corporal T Cook, Royal Tank Regiment, 23/1/1946, aged 27:-

Lockerbie Cemetery War Grave

Lockerbie War Memorial

A bronze statue of a winged Victory, Lockerbie’s War Memorial lies in the middle of a small roundabout in the town centre and bears the inscriptions, “In grateful memory of our heroic dead 1914 – 1918” and “In glorious memory of those who gave their lives in the World War 1939-1945.”

Because of its location it was difficult to photograph more closely.

Lockerbie War Memorial

Reverse view:-

Lockerbie War Memorial Reverse View

There are more photographs of the Memorial here.

Gatehouse of Fleet

Gatehouse of Fleet is a village in the region of Dumfries and Galloway in southwest Scotland. It is situated near the mouth of the Water of Fleet accessed by a small detour from the main A 75 road.

Heading north up the main street you come to the War Memorial which is in the form of a Celtic Cross surmounting a plinth.

War Memorial, Gatehouse of Fleet

The inscription reads, “In honour of the men from Anwoth and Girthon who fell in the Great War,” with “lest we forget” below the names:-

Gatehouse of Fleet War Memorial

Names on plaque on reverse – all for the Great War:-

Gatehouse of Fleet War Memorial 3

The World War 2 plaque is on the side of the Memorial:-

Gatehouse of Fleet War Memorial World War 2 Plaque

Reverse view:-

Reverse View, Gatehouse of Fleet War Memorial 5

Carrying on via the B 727 you pass this Art Deco style house which still seems to have the original windows. They look like Critall ones to me, anyway:-

Art Deco House, Gatehouse of Fleet

Further on still is this quaint turreted house:-

Turreted House, Gatehouse of Fleet

Wigtown War Memorial

This lies down Bank Street from the Town Hall beside the road that leads down to the Martyr’s Stake.

Wigtown War Memorial

Memorial from southwest:-

Wigtown War Memorial from Southwest

Wigtown War Memorial From East. Upper names, World War 2. Lower names, the Great War:-

Wigtown War Memorial From East

Memorial from Northwest:-

Wigtown War Memorial from Northwest

Newton Stewart War Memorial

Newton Stewart’s War Memorial is situated in a fairly prominent location in Dashwood Square outside the McMillan Hall beside which the road through the town takes a slight turn.

A Celtic cross on a stepped granite base.

Newton Stewart War Memorial

The two inscriptions say:- “To the glory of God and in memory of those of Penninghame Parish who gave their lives for king and country in the Great War 1914-19,” and “Greater love hath no man than this.” WW1 Names.

Newton Stewart War Memorial Plaque

Side view. WW1 names on upper plaque, WW2 on lower:-

Newton Stewart War Memorial Names

Reverse View. WW1 names. Lower inscription reads, “”More than conquerors through him that loved us.”

Newton Stewart War Memorial Reverse View

Kirkcudbright War Memorial and MacLellan’s Castle

Kirkcudbright’s War Memorial is situated by the main road through the town just in front of MacLellan’s Castle.

MacLellan's Castle and War Memorial, Kirkcudbright

The memorial takes the form of a seated soldier with sword and shield protecting a sleeping child.

Left side view. Names are for the Great War:-

War Memorial, Kirkcudbright

Front view, lower plaque commemorates World War 2:-

War Memorial, Kirkcudbright

Right side view. Again Great War names:-

War Memorial, Kirkcudbright

Another view of MacLellan’s Castle:-

MacLellan's Castle, Kirkcudbright

Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney (iii)

Interior exhibits. On entering there is a display of photographs of ships in Scapa Flow and pieces of naval equipment/relics from both World Wars.

There was also a model of Scapa Flow showing dispositions of the interned German High Seas Fleet ships after WW1 but before the Grand Scuttle.

Island of Hoy to right, Fara left middle, Flotta towards top:-

Model of Scapa Flow, Lyness Naval Museum

Island of Hoy to bottom left, Rysa Little to bottom right, Fara top middle:-

More of Model of Scapa Flow, Lyness Naval Museum

Island of Hoy to bottom (Lyness to right,) Fara in middle ground, Rysa Little to left. Flotta top right:-

Model of Scapa Flow, Lyness Naval Museum

A naval torpedo, part cutaway:-

Torpedo, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy

A typical 1930s room:-

1930s room

Compton Mackenzie‘s battledress! Apparently he owned a couple of the Orkney islands, was stationed there and donated this uniform:-

Comptom Mackenzie's Battle-dress

Church Army Rest Hut sign. This was above the present day café inside which we had a very nice cake and coffee. It was done out in 1940s style. Unfortunately it was so well patronised I felt unable to take a photo. I had meant to go back for one but the ferry departure time crept up on us before I could:-

Church Army Sign

Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney (ii)

More external exhibits at Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney.

A naval mine:-

Naval Mine, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney

Oil pipes:-

Oil Pipes, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney

A propeller from HMS Hampshire:-

Propeller HMS Hampshire

The last remaining oil tank at Lyness. Now houses museum exhibits:-

Oil Tank, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney

Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney (i)

The Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum is almost directly ahead of you as you disembark from the ferry at Lyness, Hoy.

It’s not very prepossessing from the outside but is packed with exhibits relating to the miltary use of Scapa Flow in the two World Wars.

Scapa Flow Visitor Centre

Several naval guns lie in the forecourt:-

Naval Gun , Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy

Gun, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy

Third Gun, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney.

Fourth Gun, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney.

Fifth Gun,Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney.

You’ll see in the first picture two information boards. This board relates to the complex as a whole:-

Information Board,Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney.

Also exterior to the main museum is this example of anti-torpedo netting:-

Anti-Torpedo Netting, Lyness Naval Museum, Hoy, Orkney

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