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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Dumbarton
Town
Alexandria
County
Strathclyde
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), First World War - civilians, Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians
Maker
Mr D. Y. Cameron R.A. of Kippen (Designer)
Messrs Bell & Harvey of Stirling (Architect)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 28th May 1921
    Attended by: Colonel Sir Iain Colquhoun of Luss, the Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
54304
Current location

North East corner of the park near North Main Street
Christie Park
North Main Street
Alexandria
Dumbarton
Strathclyde
G83 0EW
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NS 38872 80486
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Stone cenotaph with slate names panels inset. The cenotaph is plain apart from a cross at the top of each of the short sides. Two longest sides each have three long panels of WW1 names at the top and two panels of WW2 names at the bottom. These are black with white inscriptions so are probably engraved in slate and painted. One of the short sides has a single long panel with WW1 names and a single panel with WW2 names below. The other short side has the dedication. On a four-stepped base with a metal fence around the memorial with locked gate. The dedication is Bonhill Parish but it is also referred to as the Vale of Leven War Memorial and now tends to just be called Alexandria War Memorial
Inscription
TO THE GLORY OF/ GOD/ AND IN MEMORY /OF THE MEN OF/ BONHILL PARISH/ WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES IN/ THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919/ AND/ IN THE WORLD WAR/ 1939-1945 (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Aitchison, Thomas A. J.
Aitken, Charles
Aitken, Robert
Alexander, John
Allan, Daniel Mcd. F.
Anderson, James
Anderson, Wm. G.
Andrew, Arthur
Andrews, Adam
Angus, James F. M.
See details for all 443 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 361
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 361
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: regiment, rank, forename, surname
    Order of information: regiment, rank, surname
  • First World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: regiment, rank, forename, surname
    Order of information: regiment, rank, surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 74
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 74
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: regiment, rank, forename, surname
    Order of information: regiment, rank, surname
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 6
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 6
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: regiment, rank, forename, surname
    Order of information: regiment, rank, surname
Components
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • The Scotsman - Saturday 31 May 1919 VALE OF LEVEN WAR MEMORIAL (Decision to place in Christie Park, Alexandria)
  • The Vale of Leven - The Local War Memorials The Scotsman - Saturday 31 May 1919
  • Sunday Post - Sunday 29 May 1921 (Report of unveiling)
  • The Scotsman - Monday 25 August 1919 (German trophy gun to be placed in Christie Park where the War Memorial was to be placed)

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