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Memorial details

Memorial type
Pillar / Column
District
Argyll And Bute
Town
Campbeltown
County
Strathclyde
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians
Maker
MR ALEXANDER N PATERSON ARSA
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 20th October 1923
    Attended by: Duke of Argyll, Lord-Lieutenant of Argyll
  • Dedicated
    Date: 20th October 1923
    Attended by: Local ministers
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
29850
Current location

On the edge of the park
facing Campbeltown Loch
Kinloch Park
The Esplanade
Campbeltown
Argyll And Bute
Strathclyde
PA28 6DZ
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NR 72042 20738
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
A four sided column made from roughly hewn grey granite blocks. The top is a stepped point, surmounted by a small cross. On each side within an indented rectangular panel is a cross of paler grey granite. At the base on the front side is a rectangular tablet of smooth grey stone with a carved inscription commemorating the First World War. Beneath this is a rectangular tablet of smooth pale grey stone with an inscription in black lettering commemorating the Second World War. Around the other sides of the base are three panels, each of 3 tablets (so 9 in all) of First World War names and four tablets of Second World War names.
Inscription
ON WEST FACE OF BASE: TO THE HONOURED MEMORY/ OF THE MEN/ FROM THIS TOWN AND PARISH/ WHO/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919/ GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY./ MAIRIDH AN CLIU GU SIORRUIDH/ ON SEPARATE PLAQUE BELOW: AND/ ALSO TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ 1939-1945
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adam, James
Anderson, Charles
Anderson, Donald
Anderson, John M
Anderson, Stephen
Andrew, David
Andrew, William
Armour, Archibald
Armour, John
Armour, Peter
See details for all 478 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 349
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 349
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment,forename,decorations
    Order of information: regiment then surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 123
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 123
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment,forename,decorations
    Order of information: regiment
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 6
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 6
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forename, civilian job, manner of death
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Column
    Measurements: depth 4.6m, height 10m, width 4.6m
    Materials: Granite
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Condition
History
Very well maintained Some restoration work was done in 2012.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
District and Town Councils
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warmemscot-ftopic475.html
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • The Scotsman - Monday 22 October 1923 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000540/19231022/333/0008 UNVEILING AT CAMPBELTOWN BY DUKE OF ARGYLL
  • ‘The Scotsman’ - Tuesday, 2nd May 1922, page 6 Campbeltown The war memorial Committee has decided by 17 to 4 votes to adhere to the original site in Kinloch Park chosen for the town and parish war memorial, as against the Quarry site, in favour of which a petition bearing 2000 signatures was lodged.
  • The Scotsman - Thursday 21 April 1921 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000540/19210421/212/0005 WAR MEMORIALS CAMPBELTOWN
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/144769/details/campbeltown+esplanade+kinloch+park+war+memorial/
  • www.secretscotland.org.uk/index.php/Secrets/HMSNimrod?from=Secrets.HMSNemesis#November_6_1940-November 6 1940 On November 6, 1940, bombing resulted in serious damage to the town's Royal Hotel and Victoria Hall. Two casualties have been reported: Alexander Blue, a lorry driver, was killed in the raid, and Thomas Hunter, an agricultural adviser, died in hospital the following day. Naval fatalities of the November 6 raid Unreported at the time, it has been found by others that three ordinary seamen posted to HMS Nimrod also lost their lives during the Campbeltown raid: Richard Howard Cookson Michael Holmes Harry Fitton The journal of the medical officer recorded the circumstances of the men's deaths as follows: These three rating were in company just outside the Victoria Hall on 6.11.1940 when a 500 lb aerial bomb was dropped close beside them from a low altitude. All were killed instantaneously. Their injuries were severe. one had most of his cranium blown away and the other two had both lower limbs blown off. - In memory of Ordinary Seaman Richard Howard Cookson, research summary.[1] This document list seven naval casualties on November 6 (or sometimes 7, as this was a night raid). Two deaths were recorded as instantaneous, with one death later from wounds received, while four survived their wounds. February 9 1941 On February 9, 1941, a single bomb is reported to have missed the harbour, and landed on a house located on the adjacent hillside, causing the destruction of the house and the death of its sole occupant, identified as Archibald Stewart, the local Procurator Fiscal. Speculation exists regarding the return of the Luftwaffe, and whether or not the second raid was a chance event, or if it was planned because the Germans were aware of the training facilities which had been relocated to Campbeltown. A further account of the second bombing has been provided, describing a much more sustained and deliberate attack, probably intended to mine Campbeltown Loch, and the harbour. During this attack, two deaths are reported: Archibald Stewart and Frederick Pendle. Two mines are said to have exploded in the vicinity of Mr Stewart's House and a house at Trench Point, then occupied by the McCorkindale family, leaving it severely damaged and uninhabitable. A number of houses on the north shore of the Loch at Askomill were also reported to have suffered minor damage. After this raid, several Clyde steamers, converted to minesweepers, arrived and spent the next few days searching the loch for mines. The four civilians who died are understood to be remembered on Campbeltown's war memorial, however, the military personnel are not.
  • BUILDINGS OF SCOTLAND by GIFFORD, JOHN A & B (2000) p.160 Source: Image Library

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