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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Dundee
Town
Dundee
County
Tayside
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 27 June 1920
    Attended by: Lady Baxter, and Brigadier-General Price, Director of the Army Postal Service
  • Presented
    Date: 27 June 1920
    Attended by: Postman Thomas MacDonald was presented with the Military Medal
  • Dedicated
    Date: 27 June 1920
    Attended by: Rev. A. W. Fergusson
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
44735
Current location

Royal Mail Delivery Office
7 Edward Street
Dundee
Dundee
Tayside
DD1 5ZZ
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NO 39008 30386
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • 4
    Post Office
    Meadowside
    Dundee
    Dundee
    Tayside
    DD1 1AA
    Scotland

    OS Grid Ref: NO 40107 30435
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
Bronze PLAQUE EXTERNALLY MOUNTED, with EMBOSSED LETTERING. CENTRAL RELIEF OF SOLDIER IN KILT WITH FULL SERVICE ATTIRE, STANDING WITH ARMS REVERSED. RELIEF AT EITHER SIDE OF PILLARS CROSSED WITH RIBBON. SCOTTISH THISTLE AT TOP LEFT. UNIDENTIFIED ROSE AT TOP RIGHT. FURTHER SHIELD-LIKE EMBLEMS AT EITHER SIDE OF INSCRIPTION AT TOP. This memorial also contained a Time Capsule, which is now at the McManus museum- see our reference 79838 The Memorial covers staff from Dundee, Alyth, Broughty Ferry, Wormit and Longforgan
Inscription
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING/ MEN OF DUNDEE & DISTRICT POSTAL SERVICE WHO MADE/ THE SUPREME SACRFICE IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919/ DUNDEE/ (NAMES)/ ALYTH/ (NAMES)/ BROUGHTY FERRY/ (NAMES)/ WORMIT/ (NAME)/ LONGFORGAN/ (NAME)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Anderson, R
Bain, J
Barclay, A
Brady, J
Brownlie, R H
Burry, W M
Cant, W
Cavanagh, M
Christie, J R
Davidson, W
See details for all 35 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 35
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 35
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment, home post office
    Order of information: home post office THEN surname
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Royal Mail
Reference
  • catalogue.postalmuseum.org/collections/getrecord/GB813_Mem236
  • Regarding the time capsule-www.greatwardundee.com/the-home-front/the-dundee-time-capsule/
  • DUNDEE POSTAL WAR MEMORIAL. - In connection with the public unveiling of the memorial, which takes place on Sunday, the Dundee Select Choir, under the leadership of Mr Henry Marshall, have consented to lead the praise, and the Camperdown Masonic Pipe Band, under Pipe-Major Alex. Kay by kind permission of the Right Worshipful Master and officers of the Lodge, are to give the musical honours. Ladv Baxter and General Price, along with Bailie Macdonald, are the speakers. Rev. A. W. Fergusson officiates. After the ceremony Postman Thos. MacDonald will be presented with the Military Medal. Dundee Courier - Thursday 24 June 1920 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000164/19200624/056/0005
  • DUNDEE POSTAL WAR MEMORIAL. HUGE CROWD WITNESSES UNVEILING. An Extremely Creditable Record. The unveiling of Dundee postal war memorial, which took place yesterday afternoon formed the most notable event of its kind which has yet taken place in the city. An open-air ceremony, it was witnessed by a huge crowd assembled in front of the Post Office in Meadowside, and the proceedings were throughout of a memorable character. The ceremony of unveiling the memorial was performed by Lady Baxter, and Brigadier-General Price, Director of the Army Postal Service, paid a striking tribute to the patriotic services of the Dundee staff An Artistic Tablet. The memorial, which has been erected on the left of the main entrance to the Post Office, has been effected in tablet of bronze of a highly artistic design, with a nominal roll of the fallen - thirty-six in number - inscribed on the panels, while a splendid representation of a Highlander, in a mournful attitude, creates an impressive central feature. In addition to the Royal Standards, the tablet is further adorned by the insertion of the Rose, Thistle, and Shamrock, while an inverted torch, reviving an ancient symbol, appended to each pilaster. The bronze tablet is only one of the tangible results which have accrued from the Dundee Postmen's War Memorial Fund, which was inaugurated at a meeting of the Outdoor Branch of the Postmen's Federation on 14th May, 1916, and which owes much of its success to the energy and enthusiasm of its secretary, Mr David Turnbull. In front of the memorial tablet a platform had been erected, and close at hand seating accommodation was reserved for relatives of the men who had fallen. Mr J. E. Coulson, postmaster, presided, and amongst those present were - Sir George W. Baxter, Bart., and Lady Baxter; Sir James Urquhart and Lady Urquhart; Brigadier-General Price; Bailies Macdonald (representing Lord Provost Sir William Don), Smith. Archer, and Neave; Councillors M Grady, Halley, Ramsay, John Reid, Aimer, and Ogilvie; Mr and Mrs G. K. Smith, Ballomill; Mr W. Norman Boase; Mrs Coulson; Rev. A. W. Fergusson; Mr W. Burns, R.W.M., Camperdown Masonic Lodge; &c. Headed by the Camperdown Masonic Pipe Band, under Pipe-Major Alex. Kay, a large number of the outdoor staff marched from Court House Square to the Post Office, and took up their position while the pipers were playing " The Flowers of the Forest." The Chairman said they wanted the tablet to stand as a permanent record of their esteem and love and respect for the men who had made the noblest sacrifice ever men could make on behalf of their fellow-men The Men Who Fell. After the 66th Paraphrase had been sung, the praise being led by Dundee Select Choir under the leadership of Mr Henry Marshall, Lady Baxter pulled aside the Union Jack and revealed the memorial, the centrepiece of a wealth of beautiful flowers. A prayer of dedication was offered up by Rev. A. W. Fergusson, after which Sergeant A. Macnaughton, D.C.M., M.M. - a postman - read the following names which are inscribed on the tablet:- DUNDEE. Pte. A. Barclay, F. and F.Y.; Pte. J Brady, Scottish Rifles; Driver R. H. Brownlie, A.S.C.; Pte. W. M. Burry, London Regiment PO R; Pte M. Cavanagh, A. and S. Highs.; Pte. W. Cant, Royal Irish Rifles; Pte. J.R. Christie, R.S. Fusiliers; Pte. W. Dryden, Seaforth Highs.; Corpl L. J. Gouick, R.W. Kents; Sergt. J. Greig, King's Liverpool; L.-Corpl. W. Hunt, K.O.S.B.; Pte. W S. Ireland, Royal Warwicks; Sapper W. M'K. Irvine, R.E.; Pte. W. Little, London Regiment P.O.R.; Pte. J. Macdonald, Lovat Scouts; Sapper D. M. Macdougall, R.E.; Sapper D. H. M'lntosh, R.E.; Corpl J. M. Mitchell. R.F.A.; Signaller R. L. Myles, Royal Highs.; Corpl. P. Rowell, Royal Highs.; Pte. J. S. Robertson, Gordon Highs.; Pte. W. B. Scott, London Regiment P.O.R.; Pte. J. Sellars, London Regiment P.O.R.; Pioneer A. M. Stewart, R.E.; Sergt. R. H. Strachan, Wilts Regiment; Sergt. D. M. Strathearn, Gordon Highs.: Pte .J. Summers, Royal Highs.; Pte. W. A. Taylor, London Regiment Q.V.R.; Sapper G. R. Wilson, R.E. ALYTH. L.-Corpl. R, Anderson, Royal Highs.; Sapper J. Bain, R.E.; Pte. J. P. Meechie, Royal Highs.; Pte. G. O. Scott, Gordon Highs. BROUGHTY FERRY. Sergt. A. M'Elhone, K.O.S.B. WORMIT. Sergt. G. V. Noakes, Royal Highs. LONGFORGAN. Corpl. W. Davidson, R.A.M.C. "Lochaber No More" was played by Pipe-Major Kay, and the huge crowd was hushed to silence, but immediately afterwards there broke forth the strains of the glorious hymn, " For All the Saints." The Golden Thread. Lady Baxter, in the course of an eloquent speech, in which she asked Brigadier-General Price to take custody of the memorial, said that during the war the postal service was a golden thread linking the far-away theatres of war to their hearts, which waited as women had never waited before for news of their loved ones at the front. Brigadier-General Price said he thought they might claim with all humility that to an appreciable extent the efforts of the Post Office did in the end contribute to the glorious success of our army. No less than 80 per cent. of the fit men of the Post Office service volunteered in the early part of the campaign, and up to the time of the General Service Act in March, 1916, 52,000 men had been enrolled, and unfortunately 8842 did not return. The number of men who eventually served amounted to 90,000 - the equivalent of a very considerable number of divisions - and from one Department that was an extremely creditable record. Dundee occupied one of the proudest positions in Scotland. From the head office and sub-offices 240 men were on military service, and it was the fact that practically all the male staff who were of military age and physically fit served in the war. (Applause.) Votes of thanks were proposed by Bailie Macdonald. The air, "Victory." was played by the pipes, and after the benediction had been pronounced the "Last Postâ€� was sounded. Before the proceedings terminated with the singing of the National Anthem Postman Thomas M'Donald, late 1st Gordon Highlanders, was presented by Brigadier-General Price with the Military Medal Dundee Courier, Monday 28 June 1920

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