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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
City Of Edinburgh
Town
South Queensferry
County
Lothian
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 26 November 1927
    Attended by: Provost Morison
  • Unveiled
    Date: 17 April 1949
    Attended by: Provost James A. Lawson.
  • Dedicated
    Date: 26 November 1927
    Attended by: Rev. W. Bower Williams, M.A.
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
5622
Current location

No through traffic allowed through the High Street.
Jubilee Clock Tower
Station Road
South Queensferry
City Of Edinburgh
Lothian
EH30 9LL
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NT 12955 78361
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Rectangular WW1 plaque attached to the stone block wall of the clock tower, with two smaller WW2 plaques either side. WW1 plaque has a broken pediment containing a coat of arms. Fallen names in three columns with badges in top corners on central plaque. Shelf below with WW1 date. WW2 plaques have single columns with date below.
Inscription
WW1 tablet: IN MEMORY OF THE MEN / OF QUEENSFERRY / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / (Names)/ 1914-1918 WW2 tablet left: (Names)/ 1939-1945 WW2 tablet right: (Names)/ 1939-1945
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Anderson, Louis
Bain, William
Begbie, Alexander
Brett, David M
Campbell, James
Case, Alfred J
Christie, Melville
Colborne, Frederick J
Connolly, Patrick
Crawford, Harold
See details for all 86 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 66
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 66
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forename, surname
    Order of information: Alphabetically
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 21
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 21
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forename, surname
    Order of information: Alphabetically
Components
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Frame
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Ravelston
Condition
History
The Clocktower itself is not a war memorial. 2016-WMT funded work-Bronze plaques cleaned to address corrosion and protected with wax. Lime mortar repairs to surrounding stonework joints to prevent water ingress
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Edinburgh City Council
Reference
  • Scottish War Memorials Project warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warmemscot-ftopic1790.html
  • West Lothian Courier - Friday 22 April 1949 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0002738/19490422/091/0005 UNVEILING OF WAR MEMORIAL.
  • www.wlfhs.org.uk/index.php/war-memorials/south-queensferry-war-memorial/
  • Linlithgowshire Gazette - Friday 15 April 1949 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0001908/19490415/073/0007 WAR MEMORIAL UNVEILING Notification was intimated from the A.R.P. Wardens Committee that plaque affixed to the Burgh War Memorial bearing the names of the fallen In the recent war was being unveiled on Sunday, and the Provost, Magistrates. Councillors and officials were invited to attend. A service in the Rosebery Hall would precede the unveiling ceremony, which would be performed by Provost Lawson. The Council agreed to attend.
  • Edinburgh Evening News - Saturday 16 January 1932 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000452/19320116/217/0008 QUEENSFERRY CRAFTSMAN'S FEAT Thirty-two years ago Mr William Wishart Wright, watchmaker and jeweller, 29 High Street, South Queensferry, started to made a model of the Rosebery Hall and Jubilee Clock Tower in Queensferry, and now the work is completed. The model, which is 2ft. 8in high is made of polished oak, and brass gilt ornamental features give it a striking appearance. The burgh war memorial reproduced and 67 names are engraved on a small plate. There are four dials the Jubilee clock, and each records the time as result of a perfect ta mechanism. Mr Wright, who has been 47 years in business in Queensferry, is a native of Edinburgh, and served his apprenticeship with ex-Lord Provost Sir Alexander Stevenson, LL.D.
  • Linlithgowshire Gazette - Friday 02 December 1927 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0001907/19271202/053/0002 QUEENSFERRY WAR MEMORIAL IMPRESSIVE UNVEILING OF BRONZE TABLE IN TOWN CLOCK TOWER. THE SCENE AT THE UNVEILING CEREMONY. The Burgh of Queensferry War Memorial was unveiled on Saturday afternoon in the presence of a large number of spectators. The memorial, which is in the form bronze tablet, bearing the names of those who fell, is set in the north side wall of the town clock tower, and is framed in specially selected stone from Ravelston Quarry. No better site could have been selected and the committee are to be complimented on this and also on the form of design chosen. The tablet is one that will last tor generations and will be a memorial when others are no more. The ceremony on Saturday afternoon was most impressive one. The Provost, Magistrates and Councillors were all present, the former wearing their insignia of office and fronting the tablet, which was veiled with the Union Jack, was an escort of Royal Scots from Glencorse Barracks behind whom stood a number of ex-Servioenien wearing their decorations. the left were the Ist (South Queensferry) Company Boys’ Brigade under Captain Mason, and on the right the Queensferry and Dalrneny Girl Guides under Commandant Jauncey. The Queensferry and Dalmeny District Pipe Band under Pipe-Major Orr, and a composite choir from the various churches formed the square. The ceremony opened with the singing of “All people that on earth do dwell,â€� and was followed prayer by the Rev. M. W. T. Conran, S.S.J.E., M.C. The assembly again sang “Our God, our Help in ages past," after which Provost Fairlie introduced ex-Provost Morison, who, after recounting at length the sacrifices made during the four memorable years of the war, alluded to the tablet bearing the names of those who had fallen, and hoped it would always stand as a memorial, a reminder to this and future generations of the sacrifices made by our local heroes. He then unveiled the scroll of fame, the names on which were read by Mr H. Wakelin, town clerk. ROLL OF THE FALLEN. The following is the roll of the fallen whose names appear the memorial tablet:— , (names) The reading the names was followed by the “Lament’’ by the pipe band, the "Last Post" being sounded a bugler the Royal Scots, the battalion in which the majority of the fallen had served. A prayer of dedication was then given the Rev. W. Bower Wilson, M.A.. after which ex-Provost Morison, as chairman of the Memorial Committee, committed the care of the memorial to Provost Pairlie, representative of the Town Council. Provost Fairlie, accepting custodianship on behalf of the Town Council, said the greatest care would taken by him, and no doubt that future Provosts of the burgh would see to the. preservation of the sacred edifice. The assembly joined in singing " God of Bethel,â€� the benediction was pronounced by the Rev. M. W. T. Conran, and the ceremony, as already stated, most impressive, concluded with the singing of "God Save the King.â€� A number of wreaths, including one from the Town Council, and another from the Girl Guides Company, were then placed around the memorial. The final ceremonial arrangements had been left to a sub-coromittee, composed of Provost Fairlie, ex-Provost Morison, and ex-Bailie J. Stewart, hon. secretary, for the War Memorial Committee, and these, as subsequent events proved, were highly satisfactory.
  • Linlithgowshire Gazette - Friday 25 November 1927 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0001907/19271125/038/0003 WAR MEMORIAL. Work on the memorial tablet has been completed and all arrangements, mode in connection with the unveiling ceremony, which will be performed by ex-Provost Morison on Saturday first at 2.30 p.m. Ex-servicemen are invited to attend, wearing their decorations.
  • Linlithgowshire Gazette - Friday 13 May 1927 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0001907/19270513/099/0001 SOUTH QUEENSFERRY WAR MEMORIAL COMMITTEE The Committee propose to proceed with the erection the Memorial at early date. A list the names of the local men who fell in the late War has been prepared for the Memorial Tablet, and is posted in the Council Chamber. Relatives and friends of men whose names should be included are particularly requested to examine the list. Any additions or corrections may be made to the Burgh Officer, who will admit .visitors, or to the undersigned. JOHN STEWART, Hon. Secy.
  • War Memorials Trust Bulletin 70, August 2016, page 8 for grant aided repairs under the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund

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