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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
Ross And Cromarty
Town
Edderton
County
Highland
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
Korean War (1950-1953), Second World War - civilians, Second World War (1939-1945), First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
A Corbett and Sons (Mason)
Ceremony
  • Rededicated
    Date: 8 August 2001
    Attended by: Undefined
  • Unveiled
    Date: 11 November 1921
    Attended by: Sir R. W. Brooke of Midfearn
  • Dedicated
    Date: 11 November 1921
    Attended by: Donald McRae, Parish Minister
  • Rededicated
    Date: 8 August 1948
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
54548
Current location

Memorial Garden
A836 junction with Road To Aultnamain
Edderton
Ross And Cromarty
Highland
IV19 1JZ
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NH 70883 84690
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Four stepped base surmounted by plinth and obelisk. Dedicatory inscription on the front face of the plinth and names listed on the left and right hand sides, all in black lettering. A triangular-headed tablet with WW2 commemoration has been placed at the front of the memorial on the bottom step. An additional tablet with the name of a Korean war casualty was added to the base of the tablet. Behind the memorial is a low wall behind which is planted a holly hedge. A low railing separates the ground the memorial stands on from the road. The railing was originally painted white but current rail is black
Inscription
Plinth, front face: THE/ GREAT/ WAR/ 1914/ EDDERTON Plinth, left and right hand faces: (Names) Tablet: IN MEMORY / OF THE FALLEN/ 1939 - 1945/ (Names)/ KOREA/ 1950 - 1953/ (Name)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Cameron, W M
Christie, D F
Christie, Malcolm
Christie, William
Findlay, R De C
Forbes, J W S
Fraser, William
Gallie, James
Grant, W
Grieve, D
See details for all 34 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 24
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 24
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, rank. home address
    Order of information: rank THEN surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 8
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 8
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, rank, service, decorations
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initial of forename, rank, service
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, rank,regiment, home address
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: height 1700mm, width 1700mm
    Materials: Granite
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Aberdeen
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Second World War memorial
    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
History
In 2016 a War Memorials Trust grant of £10,820 was offered for repair and conservation work. The existing pointing of the memorial (and boundary wall), some of which had been subjected to cement repairs, was failing, potentially allowing water ingress. The masonry had attracted considerable biological growth and dirt. To address these issues the failed mortar was carefully raked out and then re-pointed using a lime mortar. Organic growth has been carefully removed using wooden tools and the masonry cleaned using natural bristle brushes and water. Defective paint has been removed from the incised inscriptions and then infilled using black enamel paint.;1948, July: WW2 tablet added, memorial cleaned and the WW1 inscription re-lettered.
Costs

Comments: Cost is for the WW2 tablet.
Memorial: £83 2s 0d

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Reference
  • Scottish War Memorials Project- warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=842&mforum=warmemscot
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • For a suite of 2018 images, post restoration, see- www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/151754/
  • Northern Times 26 October 2001- `Forgotten hero' gets recognition at last The name of Lairg-born Private Neil Gunn MacLeod has at last been added to his village war memorial - nearly 50 years after he died on active service, aged just 19. Pte MacLeod, from Mid Fearn, near Edderton, was killed by enemy fire while on National Service with the Black Watch in Korea in 1952. But it has taken a 16-month campaign by local branches of the Royal British Legion Scotland to have his name added to the roll of honour on Edderton War Memorial. An extra stone plinth has now been added to the base of the monument, which already records the names of those from the parish of Edderton who fell in two world wars. His sacrifice will be recognised at the forthcoming Remembrance Day service on Sunday, November 11th this year coinciding with the actual date of the Armistice in 1918. Born and initially raised in Lairg, Neil moved with his parents to Mid Fearn between Ardgay and Edderton after World War II, in which his father, also called Neil, had served as a sergeant in the Lovat Scouts. His father, a regular serviceman before the war and drill sergeant to the Territorials in Lairg, took a job after hostilities ceased as a shepherd with Sir John Brooke, one of his former commanding officers in the Lovat Scouts. After leaving school, young Neil was employed as an apprentice joiner with A McAughtrie & Son in Bonar Bridge, but at the age of 18 he decided to follow his father into the army. He joined the Seaforth Highlanders but later transferred to the Black Watch. He was posted to Korea and landed with his battalion at Pusan in June 1952. Fighting in trenches and dugouts, British casualties in the Korean campaign were heavy - 1078 killed, 8364 wounded and 921 taken as prisoners of war, mostly National Servicemen. Pte MacLeod was killed by enemy fire on August 4th, 1952, and lies buried in the UN Cemetery in Pusan. Inclusion of his name on the Edderton War Memorial is the result of combined efforts by the Creich and Kincardine and the Tain branches of the Royal British Legion Scotland. Captain Graham Offin, honorary president of the Tain Branch, played a leading role. He told The Northern Times: "The fact that Pte MacLeod's name was eligible for inclusion on the memorial was brought to our attention by the British Korean Veterans' Association in July last year. I am very pleased that we have now been able to add his name to those who were from the Edderton parish and died on active service." The British Legion were assisted by Group Capt S J Coy, Bodmin, who supplied Pte MacLeod's service particulars; Pte MacLeod's nephew, Mr Neil Deans of Kildary; Mr Frank Ellison, honorary general secretary of the British Korean Veterans' Association, and the Highland Council, who authorise additions and are responsible for the care of war memorials in their area. The belated addition of Pte Macleod's name may help to dispel the mistaken belief in some quarters that war memorials are purely to honour the fallen of the two world wars. New entries are at the discretion of individual councils, and there is no time barrier if a genuine oversight can be righted.
  • The Scotsman - Saturday 12 November 1921
  • EDDERTON WAR MEMORIAL UNVEILED- Aberdeen Press and Journal - Saturday 12 November 1921

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