Commando

Our reference
5894
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 4 October 1952

Current location

A82,Spean Bridge,Lochaber,Highland,PH34 4EG,Scotland
OS Grid Ref.: NN 208 824
Denomination: Unknown

Description

Group of three Commando figures wearing characteristic cap comforters, battle dress and webbing, standing on stone cairn. Close by is a low, formalised, circular walled enclosure for flowers and commemorations.

Inscription

UNITED WE CONQUER/ IN MEMORY OF THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE COMMANDOS WHO DIED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945/ THIS COUNTRY WAS THEIR TRAINING GROUND.

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Unknown
Order of information: Unknown

Component

Figures
Condition: Good
Measurements: height 9 ft
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Plinth
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Stone - Whinstone
Listed?: No

Component

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

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 4 October 1952
Attended by: HM QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Public
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

Notes

Commandos of all nationalities trained in the area during WW2. The designer, Mr Scott Sutherland, is shown working on the memorial in the listed publication. An estimated 5,000 people attended the unveiling ceremony, including: Lord Lovat, uncle to Lt Col A David Stirling DSO of the Scots Guards and founder of SAS; Maj Gen Robert Laycock, former Chief of Combined Operations; and Col Charles Vaughan, former Commanding Officer at nearby Achnacarry where the Commandos trained.

Reference

War Memorials Trust WM2278 http://www.warmemorials.org/search-grants/?gID=262

Reference

Scottish Field Magazine p 14, October 1950

Reference

Google http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&q=PH35+4HL&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl

Reference

BUILDINGS OF SCOTLAND by GIFFORD, JOHN H & I (1992) p.264 Source: Image Library

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