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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
City Of Edinburgh
Town
Edinburgh
County
Lothian
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First and Second Anglo-Afghan Wars (1839-1842 and 1878-1880), Regimental Memorials
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
53582

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Current location

Edinburgh Castle
Top of the esplanade
Edinburgh
City Of Edinburgh
Lothian
EH1 2NG
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NT 25273 73516
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Pink granite obelisk enclosed by iron railings. A crown and "72" on the shaft of the obelisk
Inscription
IN MEMORY OF/ THE OFFICERS/ NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN/ OF THE 72ND DUKE OF ALBANYS OWN HIGHLANDERS/ WHO WERE KILLED IN ACTION OR DIED OF WOUNDS OR DISEASE/ DURING THE CAMPAIGNS IN AFGHANISTAN/ IN 1878 - 79 - 80/ KILLED IN ACTION/ (NAMES)/ DIED OF WOUNDS/ (NAMES)/ ( ...) ERECTED BY/ THE OFFICERS (...)/ (...)
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First and Second Anglo-Afghan Wars (1839-1842 and 1878-1880)
    Total names on memorial: 105
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 105
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, rank, regiment, manner of death
    Order of information: manner of death THEN rank THEN surname
  • Regimental Memorials
    Total names on memorial: 105
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 105
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, rank, regiment, manner of death
    Order of information: manner of death THEN rank THEN surname
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: height 3500mm
    Materials: Granite
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=452&mforum=warmemscot
  • A transcription of the names in alphabetical order, with some extra information taken from The Second Afghan War Casualty Roll 1878 – 1880 : ADAMS , Frederick , 2022, Drummer, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kabul 14 December 1879 BAGGAN , James , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Wounded at Kandahar 1 September 1880. Died of wounds 2 September 1880 BELL , John , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease at Kabul 21 August 1880 BROWN , William , 1746, Lance-Corporal, 72nd Highlanders. Wounded at Peiwar Kotal 2 December 1878. Died of wounds 16 December 1878 BROWN , David , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease BROWNLOW , Francis , C.B. Lieutenant Colonel, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action BRUCE , Thomas , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease BURNS , Peter , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease CAISFORD , C.H. , Lieutenant, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action CAMERON , William , 1583, Lance-Sergeant, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kandahar 1 September 1880 CASSELS , George , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease CHERRY , William , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease CLARKE , W.K.J , Lieutenant Colonel, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease COLVILLE , Andrew , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease CONN , John , 975, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Wounded at Charasiah 6 October 1879. Died of wounds 31 October 1879 at Kabul CRACKNELL , Henry , 205, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Charasiah 6 October 1879 CREARER , Thomas , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease CUNNINGHAM , John , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease DEWAR , William , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease DOUGLAS , John , 1350, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Wounded at Kandahar 1 September 1880. Died of wounds 8 September 1880 DUNCAN , Alexander , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease ERSKINE , William , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kandahar 1 September 1880 FORRESTER , Andrew , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease FRASER , John , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kabul 14 December 1879 FROME , St J.T , Captain, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action FULTON , Robert , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease GANNON , William , 1263 Lance-Corporal, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kandahar 1 September 1880 GIRVAN , Peter , 1917, Drummer, 72nd Highlanders. Died of wounds at Kabul 14 December 1879 GLADSTONE , William , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease GLEN , Peter , 1290, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Wounded at Sherpur 12 December 1879. Died of wounds 21 December 1879 GORMAN , P , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease GRAHAM , Robert , Lance Sergeant, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease GRAY , James , 1165, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of wounds at Kabul 14 December 1879 HAMILTON , James , Pipe Major, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease HENDERSON , John , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease HENRY , William , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kabul 14 December 1879 HESELTINE , George , 1980, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Wounded at Kandahar 1 September 1880. Died of wounds HINDS , James , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease HODGE , Alexander , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kandahar 1 September 1880 HOGG , James , 2054, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Wounded at Charasiah 6 October 1879. Died of wounds 8 October 1879 HOLLAND , Herbert , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease HUNTER , Robert , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease INGLIS , Oliver , Lance Corporal, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease JONES , George , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease KERR , John , Lance Corporal, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease KERR , James , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease KITTO , Frederick , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease LEISHMAN , James , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease LIDDLE , Andrew , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease LIGHT , Josiah , 1673, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kabul 14 December 1879 LINEHAM , Daniel , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease LUMSDEN , Thomas , Colour Sergeant, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease MACPHERSON , James , 1614, Piper, 72nd Highlanders. Died of wounds at Charasiah 6 October 1879 MAGUIRE , James , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Wounded at Kandahar 1 September 1880. Died of wounds 16 September 1880 MAIDLOW , George , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease MALLEY , Martin , 1903, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kabul 14 December 1879 MAXWELL , James , Pipe Major, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease MCCREADY , Edward , 1530, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Wounded at Shutar Gardan 14 October 1879. Died of wounds 31 October 1879 at Kabul McDADE , James , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease McDONALD , Donald , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease MCGOWAN , James , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kandahar 1 September 1880 MCILVENNA , Josiah , Lance-Corporal, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kandahar 1 September 1880 McINNES , James , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease McLEAN , John , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease McLEAN , Robert , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease MCQUEEN , James , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kandahar 1 September 1880 McQUEEN , James , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease MCQUEEN , John , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease MILLER , George , 1426, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kabul 14 December 1879 MILLER , John , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease MITCHELL , Alexander , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Wounded at Charasiah 6 October 1879. Died of wounds 17 October 1879 NAIRNEY , Patrick , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease O'BRIEN , James , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease ORR , William , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease OSWICK , Daniel , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease PATTERSON , Joseph , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease PHILIPS , Joseph , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease PILLANS , John , Colour Sergeant, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease POWER , David , 1674, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Peiwar Kotal 2 December 1878 PRICE , Michael , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease RAMSAY , John , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease REID , John , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease RITCHIE , William , 1161, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kabul 14 December 1879 SEALLY , John , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease SPENS , N.J. , Captain, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action STEWART , James , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Peiwar Kotal 2 December 1878 STEWART , Alexander , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease STEWART , Donald , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease STORRIE , William , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease STRAIN , James , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease TAYLOR , John , 1132, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kabul 14 December 1879 TAYLOR , William , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease TEES , Joseph , 900, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of wounds at Kabul 14 December 1879 THOMPSON , Edward , 1294, Private, ,72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kabul 14 December 1879 TODD , William , Drummer, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease TRIGGEY , James , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease TROTTER , George , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease WALKER , George , 2056, Private, 72nd Highlanders. Wounded at Charasiah 6 October 1879. Died of wounds 8 October 1879 WATT , George , 651, Sergeant, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Charasiah 6 October 1879 WATT , Alexander , Drummer, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease WHITE , Alexander , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease WILSON , Alfred , Corporal, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kabul 14 December 1879 WILSON , James , Private, 72nd Highlanders. Died of disease YULE , John , 1400, Colour-Sergeant, 72nd Highlanders. Killed in action at Kabul 14 December 1879

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