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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Cunninghame
Town
Beith
County
Strathclyde
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Robert McLachlan of "Westview", Beith (Designer)
Robert McLachlan of "Westview", Beith (Stone Carver)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 6 November 1920
    Attended by: Lieutenant General Sir Aylmer Hunter Weston KCB DSO
  • Unveiled
    Date: 13 July 1947
    Attended by: Miss M G Hamilton
  • Dedicated
    Date: 06 Nov 1920
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
40938
Current location

Viewpark (otherwise known as Janefield Place)
Beith
Cunninghame
Strathclyde
KA15 2BT
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NS 34715 54365
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • Bigholm Hill
    Beith
    Cunninghame
    Strathclyde
    Scotland

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
Celtic cross on tall octagonal pillar, pedestal and 4 stage octagonal base. The WW1 names are carved on each of the eight sides of the pedestal and the WW2 names on 5 of the 8 sides of the top base level- the other 3 sides are additional WW1 names. There is a wreath carved at the bottom of the column, and there is a pattern carved on the front of the column and cross.
Inscription
Face 1 of Pedestal-ERECTED/ BY THE PEOPLE OF/ BEITH AND DISTRICT/ IN SACRED MEMORY/ OF THOSE FROM THE/ PARISH WHO LAID/ DOWN THEIR LIVES/ FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919/ THEIR NAME LIVETH/ FOR EVERMORE Alternate Faces of the top step-[names/1/9/3/9 & [names]1/9/4/5/
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adams, William
Ainslie, Alexander
Allan, John J
Allan, Robert
Anderson, John S
Anderson, William
Arnott, John
Arthur, Charles
Barr, Andrew
Barr, Andrew
See details for all 208 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 172
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 172
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, forenames
    Order of information: rank THEN surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 35
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 35
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, forenames
    Order of information: rank THEN surname
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Pillar
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Pedestal
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • From The Scotsman Monday 8th November 1920 BEITH In presence of a large gathering the Beith War Memorial was unveiled on Saturday by Lieutenant-General Sir Aylmer Hunter-Weston, M.P. for Bute and North Ayrshire. The memorial, which takes the form of a Celtic cross, is erected on a commanding site on the Bigholm Hill, overlooking the town, and on the panels are inscribed the names if 172 Beith men who fell in the war.
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=1269&mforum=warmemscot
  • The Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald 12 Nov 1920.

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