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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
City Of Edinburgh
Town
Leith
County
Lothian
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Non-Combat Deaths
Maker
George Simpson
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 16 May 1916
    Attended by: Earl of Rosebery KG PC
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
53610
Current location

In a corner of the cemetery almost on the border of Edinburgh and Leith.
Rosebank Cemetery
Between Leith Walk And Ferry Rd
Leith
City Of Edinburgh
Lothian
EH7 4LQ
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NT 25996 75541
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Celtic Cross in red Peterhead granite modelled on St Martin's Cross on Iona. It is backed by a high stone wall into which are set 10 bronze plaques bearing the names of the soldiers who died in the accident. The names are in two sections separated by the cross, each section having a Celtic Cross with a crown, a regimental badge and a vertical inscription at each end.
Inscription
Shaft of Cross: TO/ THOSE WHO GAVE/ THEIR/ LIVES/ FOR THEIR/ COUNTRY Plaque on base of Cross: IN MEMORY OF OFFICERS, NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN, 7TH BATTALION, THE ROYAL SCOTS, LEITH TERRITORIAL BATTALION, WHO MET THEIR DEATH AT GRETNA ON MAY 22 1915 IN A TERRIBLE RAILWAY DISASTER ON THEIR WAY TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY. THIS MEMORIAL, AND A BED IN LEITH HOSPITAL, ARE DEDICATED BY MOURNING COMRADES AND FRIENDS./ YEA THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH I WILL FEAR NO EVIL FOR THOU ART WITH ME. Crosses on wall:(left hand) THE DAY/ OF THE/LORD/SO/ COMETH; GO/ IS OUR/ REFUGE/ AND STRENGTH (right hand) GREATER/LOVE/HATH/ NO MAN/ THAN THIS; I AM/ THE RESURRECTION/ AND THE/ LIFE Plaques on wall: (names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 214
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 214
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment, forenames
    Order of information: rank THEN surname
  • Non-Combat Deaths
    Total names on memorial: 214
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 214
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment, forenames
    Order of information: rank THEN surname
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Peterhead
  • Wall
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Condition
Costs

Comments: More than £4000 was collected for the memorial fund. Once the cost of the memorial was paid for payments were also made to dependent relatives, a bed was endowed at Leith Hospital and contributions sent to hospitals in Carlisle.

Trust fund/Scholarship
Yes
Purpose: A bed was endowed at Leith Hospital.
Sponsorship
Corporate,public
Responsibility
City of Edinburgh Council
Reference

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