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War Graves, Muckhart

Muckhart is a collective term for two small villages in Clackmannanshire, Yetts o’ Muckhart and Pool of Muckhart. Both of these are near to Cowden Garden but unlike the garden are on the main A 91 road.

I found these graves in Muckhart Parish Church graveyard in Pool of Muckhart, which has a lovely situation below the Ochil Hills.

Serjeant W Cairns, Royal Engineers, 30/11/1918.

War Grave Muckhart

Lieutenant J D Cairns, B Sc, CA, 54th L A A Regt, R A, (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) Territorial Army,18/3/1946, aged 42:-

War Grave, Muckhart

I suppose these may have been father and son.

One of the other gravestones contained dedications to two brothers, Gunner James Petrie, Royal Field Artillery, died of wounds, 5/4/1918, aged 26.
Private David Petrie, Black Watch, killed in action, July 2nd, aged 20.

War Inscriptions, Muckhart Grave

Kennoway War Memorial

Kennoway is a village in Fife, a few miles east of Markinch.

Its war memorial is a Celtic Cross above a tapering granite plinth:-

Kennoway War Memorial

Great War Dedication; in the stone wreath above the plinth, “1914 – 1918” then “Kennoway,” “Erected in loving memory of the men of this parish who gave their lives fighting for their couhtry’s honour.” Names for the Great War:-

Great War Dedication, Kennoway War Memorial

Other Wars Dedication; World War 2, “1939 -1945,” Malaya, Korean War, Falklands:-

Other Wars Dedication, Kennoway War Memorial

Reverse; “Other conflicts, Afghanistan, Stephen Walker”:-

Kennoway War Memorial, Afghanistan

War Graves, Innerleithen

Innerleithen’s cemetery is on the left hand side of the road as you go into the town from the direction of Traquair. I found twelve Commonwealth War Graves, eight for World War 2, four for the Great War.

J MCI Melrose, Royal Signals, 21/3/1944, aged 21:-

Innerleithen War Grave

W Craig, Ordinary Seaman, RN, HMS Ganges, 14/8/1945, aged 18:-

War Grave, Innerleithen

Private J Strachan, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 13/6/1945, aged 18:-

Innerleithen War Grave

Corporal G K Brunton, The Royal Scots, 18/2/1944, aged 32:-

War Grave Innerleithen

Lance Corporal R T Smith, The Royal Scots, 13/6/1941, aged 23:-

Innerleithen War Grave

Sergeant G Russell, RAF, 6/5/1942, aged 32:-

War Grave, Innerleithen

Trooper R Crosbie, 1st Lothians & Border Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps, 28/12/1940, aged 21:-

Innerleithen, War Grave

Lieutenant R Campbell, 1st Peebles-shire Home Guard, 20/8/1944, aged 55. It’s unusual to see a War Grave for someone who was in the Home Guard:-

War Grave, Innerleithen

Private J Aitchison, 14th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, 15/10/1916, aged 40:-

Great War Grave, Innerleithen

Sergeant W J Bell, Royal Scots, 27/1/1917, aged 37. (And his wife, Isobel Hislop, died 22/5/1981, aged 87. 64 years after her husband.) I note that, as is the Scottish custom, Sergeant Bell’s wife reverted to her maiden name in death:-

Innerleithen, Great War Grave

Sapper G Blake, Royal Engineeers, 2/5/1918, aged 46:-

Innerleithen, Great War Grave

Lance Serjeant Edward Oliver, Royal Scots, 24/2/1916, aged 23:-

Great War Grave, Innerleithen

Innerleithen War Memorial

Innerleithen is a small town on the A 72 in Tweeddale, the Scottish Borders, in Peebleshire as was.

For a few years in the 1960s my grandfather (the original Jack Deighton) and grandmother Margery, lived in the town. It’s been one of my favourite places ever since.

Innerleithen War Memorial is an erect stone slab set in the grounds of the Memorial Hall off the B 709, at the junction between Leithen Road and Chapel Street. The gate is inscribed Innerleithen War Memorial:-

Innerleithen War Memorial

Innerleithen War Memorial

Dedications. “Pro Patria” inside a wreath flanked by “1914 – 1918,” Great War Names.”1939 – 1945,” and an additional lower plaque for a 1939 – 1945 addended name:-

Innerleithen War Memorial

Traquair War Memorial, Addendum

I posted a single photograph of this war memorial in 2013. A year or so ago I took some more.

Traquair War Memorial from across B 709:-

Traquair War Memorial from Distance

Dedication, “Lest We Forget” on bar of cross, Great War names on column:-

Traquair War Memorial

Dedications and WW2 Name. “To the memory of those who from this part of Traquair gave their lives in the cause of freedom 1914 – 1918.” The lower block is inscribed, “1939 – 1945. Lieut R D Ballantyne, Cardrona, DLI.” Cardrona is a vilage a mile or so from Traquair on the B 7602 to Peebles:-

Dedications and WW2 Name, Traquair War Memorial 3

Great War Names. I see from The Scottish Military Research Group – Commemorations Project that the first name here, Honourable E W Tennant, was one of the war poets.

Great War Names, Traquair War Memorial

Memorials to Other Conflicts, Glasgow Cathedral

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (in two World Wars,) Gulf War 1990-1991, Falkland Islands 1982, Bell of HMS Glasgow 1938:-

War Memorials, Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral, War Memorial 4

Scots Guards Memorial. The plaque commemorates those who died in Northern Ireland or due to terrorist activity. The upper plaque states a nearby window was dedicated in 1950 by the Duke of Gloucester to Scots Guards who died on active service in earlier conflicts:-

Scots Guards Memorial

Falkland War Memorial Addendum

I first posted about Falkland War memorial here. In 2018 an extra memorial was added by its side. This takes the form of a green and red cart filled with Memorial crosses. I assume this was placed here to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War’s end. It lies beside the very recently erected Falkland War Memorial (see link) before which the town’s fallen were commemorated by a plaque housed in various buildings over the years.

War Memorial Cart, Falkland

Memorial crosses:-

Crosses in Falkland War Memorial Cart

Montrose War Memorial

The memorial is in Hope Paton Park. View from side:-

Montrose War Memorial

The memorial is a bronze figure of Victory standing on a ball above a stone pedestal, with supplementary pillars. Memorial bench to front:-

Montrose War Memorial 2

Reverse view:-

Montrose War Memorial, Reverse

Great War Dedication. Bronze plaque inscribed, “To the glory of God and in sacred memory of those belonging to Montrose who gave their lives in a great cause 1914 – 1919”:-

Montrose War Memorial Great War Dedication

Great War Names, A Adam to R Falconer:-

Montrose War Memorial Great War Names

D Fawns to A McKenzie:-

Great War Names, Montrose War Memorial 8

F McKenzie to J Young:-

Montrose War Memorial First World War Names

There are names on both sides of the pillars dedicated to World War 2.

Commemorating the dead from 1939, 1940 and 1941:-

Montrose War Memorial World War 2 Plaques

Commemorating the dead from 1941 (continued) and 1942:-

War Memorial World War 2 Names

Commemorating those fallen in 1943 and 1944:-

Second World War Names, Montrose War Memorial 7

Commemorating the dead from 1944 (continued,) 1945 and 1946:-

War Memorial Montrose, Second World War Names

Edzell War Memorial

Edzell’s memorial to the two World Wars lies at the opposite end of the main road from its Boer War Memorial, in a memorial garden.

It is a tapering obelisk on a square plinth with carved wreath above, inscribed above the stone wreath, “To the unconquered dead.” Inside the wreath, “To the honoured memory of our men who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 – 1919. We owe more tears to these dead men than time shall see us pay.” On the lower plinth, “Also of those who gave their lives in the war of 1939 – 1945,” followed by World War 2 names.

Edzell War Memorial

Reverse of Memorial. Great War names:-

War Memorial, Edzell

Great War names:-

Edzell War Memorial Great War Names

Great War Names, Edzell War Memorial 4

Kintore War Memorial

Kintore is a town in Aberdeenshire a few miles south of Inverurie. Its War Memorial is one of those that consists of a gateway, here surmounted by an arch and cross. The gateway leads into the churchyard.

War Memorial, Kintore

Great War dedication. On left side, “In grateful memory of the men of this parish who gave their lives in the Great War,” names and 1914.
On right side, “‘Remember the love of them who came not home from the war,'” names and 1919:-

Great War Dedication, Kintore War Memorial

Reverse. (Pity about the trafiic cones):-

Reverse of War Memorial, Kintore

Second World War dedication. On left, “Also in memory of the men of this parish who laid down their lives in the World War 1939 – 1945,” followed by names.
On right, “They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,” followed by names.

Second World War Dedication, Kintore War Memorial

I note that the dedication says, “They shall not grow old.” In his poem For the Fallen, Laurence Binyon actually wrote, “They shall grow not old,” which has a subtler meaning. It has also been said in some quarters that ‘condemn’ is a misprint for ‘contemn.’ It seems that may not be the case.

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