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Memorial details

Memorial type
Gate
District
Orkney
Town
Kirkwall
County
Orkney
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), First World War - civilians, Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians, Northern Ireland Conflict; The Troubles (1969-1998)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 17 October 1923
    Attended by: General Lord Horne
  • Dedicated
    Date: 17 October 1923
    Attended by: Rev. W. Barclay M.A. and Benediction by The Ven. Archdeacon Craven, D.D.
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2213
Current location

St Magnus' Cathedral
Corner Of Broad Street And Palace Road
Kirkwall
Orkney
Orkney
KW15 1DF
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: HY 44907 10914
Denomination: Church of Scotland

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Description
Round arched gateway with foliaged capitals on the nook-shafts enclosed in a stepped gable surmounted by figure of an angel, looking victorious. Angel holding a torch, a yacht, laurel wreath and bow surrounding. On the gate pillars are tablets for WW2 with the start and end years of the war in wreaths on the opposite pillars. The left hand WW2 tablet had an extra piece added below at some stage, and the right hand tablet had a piece added below (apparently after 2011) for a Northern Ireland casualty.
Inscription
KIRKWALL & ST OLA/TO THE GLORY OF GOD/IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF KIRKWALL & ST OLA/WHO FELL FOR FREEDOM IN THE GREAT WAR Left Hand Pillar- [in a wreath] 1939/[on a tablet]/[names]/[supplementary tablet]/[names] Right Hand Pillar-[in a wreath] 1945/[on a tablet]/[names]/[supplementary tablet]/POST 1945/[name]/NORTHERN IRELAND 1972
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Alexander, Kenneth
Barnett, Edwin L
Barron, John W
Brass, John G
Brass, William
Buchanan, Alexander
Buchanan, Arthur S
Buchanan, Frederick
Burgess, James
Burwick, James W
See details for all 169 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 132
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 132
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, regiment, forenames
    Order of information: Undefined
  • First World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 15
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 15
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, service
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 27
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 27
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, regiment, forename
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 3
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 3
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, rank, service
    Order of information: surname
  • Northern Ireland Conflict; The Troubles (1969-1998)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forename, rank, regiment, year of death
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Gates
    Measurements: depth 50mm, height 2980mm, width 1220mm
    Materials: Cast Iron
  • Wall
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brick
  • Arch
    Measurements: depth 760mm, width 5500mm
    Materials: Granite - Pink
  • Figure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: depth 210mm, height 2050mm, width 800mm
    Materials: Granite
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: height 1010mm, width 610mm
    Materials: Granite
  • Tablet
    Measurements: height 140mm, width 610mm
    Materials: Granite
  • Tablet
    Measurements: height 140mm, width 610mm
    Materials: Granite
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=2049&mforum=warmemscot
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Orkney Image Library photos.orkneycommunities.co.uk/index.asp With the Order of Service etc including Roll of Honour
  • BUILDINGS OF SCOTLAND by GIFFORD, JOHN h & i (1992) P.327 Source: Image Library
  • Aberdeen Press and Journal - Friday 19 October 1923 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000577/19231019/035/0005 KIRKWALL MEMORIAL. LORD HORNE ON ORKNEY'S FINE RECORD. General Lord Home unveiled Kirkwall war memorial on Wednesday, in presence of a gathering estimated at 3000. The memorial takes the form of a gateway to the western entrance to St Magnus Churchyard, and, like the cathedral under whose shadow stands, is Norman in character. Provost White introduced General Home, who said when in August, 1914, Germany forced war on the world and the call went out for those who were ready and able to do so to stand up in the defence of freedom, right, and liberty, the response of the men of Orkney was immediate. It was estimated that one in every twelve in Orkney served in one or other of the Forces of the Crown. That was a fine record. Whilst they honoured the 138 men of Kirkwall who fell, let them'not forget those whose pride was mingled with tears and mourned an irreparable loss. Whilst they thought of the dead, let them not forget the living who returned wounded, maimed, and broken. However unworthy they did their job was their business to do their best to help them might that grateful gateway of their venerable cathedral raised to the honour of men who did their duty inspire them all, come weal, come woe, to follow their example.
  • Orkney Herald, and Weekly Advertiser and Gazette for the Orkney & Zetland Islands - Wednesday 19 July 1922 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0002442/19220719/002/0001 KIRKWALL & ST OLA WAR MEMORIAL THE Committee, after careful investigation, have prepared the following list of the Fallen, whose names are to be inscribed on the Memorial. They have experienced great difficulty in procuring the information required as to names, rank and regiment, and are republishing the list to give reatives and friends a final opportunity to draw attention to any corrections or addition. which occur to them, and this should he done by communicating with the Subscriber on or before 31st curt.:— … W. J. HEDDLE, Hon. Secy. & Tres. Municipal Buildings, Kirkwall. 14th July 1922.
  • UK Roll of Honour Citation for Colin Leslie (Northern Ireland Casualty)-veterans.mod.uk/roll-of-honour.php?SerialNo=X9087 also see here for a Photograph of his gravestone at St Olaf's Cemetery-www.rbls-kirkwall.org.uk/memorials/gallery.html?Kir/StOlaf/ColinLeslie.jpg

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