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Memorial details

Memorial type
Allegory (eg: Victory)
District
Kyle And Carrick
Town
Troon
County
Strathclyde
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
H H Martyn and Co., WALTER HENRY GILBERT
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 30 November 1924
    Attended by: Brigadier General Walker & Mrs D Moore
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2004
Current location

Facing out to sea
South Beach Esplanade
Troon
Kyle And Carrick
Strathclyde
KA10 6EJ
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NS 32106 30799
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
The Troon war memorial is a tall and tapering grey granite pedestal 13' high with a vitruvian scrolled band below the memorial panels and is surmounted by a 10'6" high bronze allegorical figure of Britannia by the sculptor Walter Gilbert of Birmingham. The monument stands on a raised paved area which is backed with a low grey granite wall terminated by low pylons and incorporating a bench for seating. The names of the dead of WWI are listed on bronze tablets on the sides of the pedestal. The names of the dead of WWII are on a bronze tablet which has been set into the face of the bench behind which echos many of the details of the pedestal. It stands on the foreshore esplanade next to the Walker Hall and car park.
Inscription
Plinth: THIS STATUE/ WAS PLACED/ TO/ COMMEMORATE/ THE MEN OF/ TROON WHO/ SEEKING THE/ WELFARE OF/ THEIR COUNTRY/ GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN SO DOING/ AND ARE NOW/ RESTING IN AND/ BEYOND THE SEAS/ LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS/ [Names] Screen Wall etched either side of the plaque: 1939 1945 Plaque: AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING- WE WILL REMEMBER THEM/ [Names in 8 columns]
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Agnew, David
Allan, Francis J D
Armstrong, George
Auld, William
Barnes, Robert
Bishop, Fred W
Boyd, G V M
Brand, Geoffrey J
Breckenridge, William
Briggs, William
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Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 160
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 160
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 68
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 68
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forename
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Wall
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Our website www.ukniwm.org.uk/server/show/conMemorial.2232/fromUkniwmSearch/1
  • The memorial was unveiled on Sunday 30th November 1924 by Brigadier-General Walker assisted by a Mrs. D. Moore. In his speech (as reported in ther Ayrshire Post, December 5th 1924) Walker spoke of Troon's contribution to the war stating that in 1914 the population of the town was 6,628 and fully 1,000 men joined the ranks, 618 volunteering at the outbreak of war and 177 'making the supreme sacrifice while 212 were wounded.' He also noted the presence at the ceremony of the 17th H.L.I. which was so closely associated with the town, and the fact that Troon had donated £1,390 to the Erskine Hospital for a Troon Bed and was home to a Red Cross Hospital throughout the war years. The Glasgow Herald also gave a description of the sculpture describing it as 'Britannia erect and majestic with the Victory in her hand, and the chains of bondage snapped, holds out the palm to those of her sons who lie buried beyond the seas. Britain stands on an island girt by sea, as represented by the archaic treatment above the plinth.' And in the programme it states 'In preparing this scheme, it has been the desire of the sculptor to bring consolation to the bereaved, and an inspiration and an example to generations of the future.'
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