7th Battn Royal Scots - Quintinshill Railway Accident

WM reference
53610
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 16 May 1916
Current location

In a corner of the cemetery almost on the border of Edinburgh and Leith.
Rosebank Cemetery
Between Leith Walk And Ferry Rd
Leith
City Of Edinburgh
Lothian
EH6
Scotland
OS Grid Ref.: NT 261 756
Denomination: Undefined

Description

Celtic Cross in red Peterhead granite modelled on St Martin's Cross on Iona. It is backed by a high stone wall into which are set 10 bronze plaques bearing the names of the soldiers who died in the accident. The names are in two sections separated by the cross, each section having a Celtic Cross with a crown, a regimental badge and a vertical inscription at each end.

Inscription

Shaft of Cross: TO/ THOSE WHO GAVE/ THEIR/ LIVES/ FOR THEIR/ COUNTRY Plaque on base of Cross: IN MEMORY OF OFFICERS, NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN, 7TH BATTALION, THE ROYAL SCOTS, LEITH TERRITORIAL BATTALION, WHO MET THEIR DEATH AT GRETNA ON MAY 22 1915 IN A TERRIBLE RAILWAY DISASTER ON THEIR WAY TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY. THIS MEMORIAL, AND A BED IN LEITH HOSPITAL, ARE DEDICATED BY MOURNING COMRADES AND FRIENDS./ YEA THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH I WILL FEAR NO EVIL FOR THOU ART WITH ME. Crosses on wall:(left hand) THE DAY/ OF THE/LORD/SO/ COMETH; GO/ IS OUR/ REFUGE/ AND STRENGTH (right hand) GREATER/LOVE/HATH/ NO MAN/ THAN THIS; I AM/ THE RESURRECTION/ AND THE/ LIFE Plaques on wall: (names)

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

None recorded

Subject/Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 214
Served and returned: 0
Died: 214
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,rank,regiment
Order of information: regiment,rank,surname

Component

Cross
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Granite - Peterhead
Listed?: No

Component

Wall
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Stone
Listed?: No

Component

Plaques / Panels with names
Condition: Unknown
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 16 May 1916
Attended by: Earl of Rosebery KG PC

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: More than £4000 was collected for the memorial fund. Once the cost of the memorial was paid for payments were also made to dependent relatives, a bed was endowed at Leith Hospital and contributions sent to hospitals in Carlisle.

Trust fund/Scholarship

Yes
Purpose: A bed was endowed at Leith Hospital.

Sponsorship

Corporate, public
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Edinburgh Corporation

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