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Memorial details

Memorial type
Gate
District
Perth And Kinross
Town
Aberfeldy
County
Tayside
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Ramage & Cooper of Perth (Builder)
Mr R. Cameron, Aberfeldy (Architect)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 4 June 1922
    Attended by: Mrs J Haggart, wife of the Provost; Elian Rialehach and Provost Haggart, O.B.E.
  • Dedicated
    Date: 4 June 1922
    Attended by: Revd John MacRae
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
5686
Current location

entrance to Birk's o'Aberfeldy Park
Bridgend
Aberfeldy
Perth And Kinross
Tayside
PH15 2PP
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NN 85614 49002
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
The official contemporaneous description-The War memorial consists of an arch-way forming an entrance to the Birks o’ Aberfeldy, and has been carried out in Dodington Stone, with wrought iron gates. In two grey unpolished panels, one on either side of the gateway, are recorded the sixty-six names of Aberfeldy’s fallen heroes. The inscription on one panel is, “For King and Country”, and on the other “Air son Righ ‘us Duthaich”. Above these panels are the dates 1914-1919. In each of the spandrels of the arch-way has been carved in high relief a Highland targe with cross claymores. On the buttress piers flanking each side of the arch-way are carved urns, symbols of remembrance, and on the panel over the arch, “Aberfeldy War Memorial”. A low parapet wall with railing of wrought iron extends for some distance from each side of the arch-way. The whole design is simple, yet dignified, and is a fitting memorial to Aberfeldy’s brave sons who have passed away.
Inscription
1914/ 1919 / FOR KING / AND / COUNTRY / (Names) / AIR SON / RIGH 'US / DUTHAICH (INSCRIPTION: FOR KING AND COUNTRY) / (Names) / 1939-1945 / (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adams, David S
Burden, Duncan A
Campbell, Alex
Campbell, Archibald
Campbell, Archibald P
Campbell, Charles
Campbell, George
Campbell, Neil Mcc
Campbell, Robert
Campbell, Robert
See details for all 81 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 66
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 66
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, regiment, forenames
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 15
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 15
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, regiment, forenames
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Arch
    Measurements: depth 1828.8mm, height 6096mm, width 9144mm
    Materials: Stone
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble - White
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble - White
  • Gates
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wrought Iron
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?p=875&mforum=warmemscot
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • The Scotsman - Monday 05 June 1922 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000540/19220605/114/0002 ABERFELDY. -- Aberfeldy war memorial was unveiled and dedicated yesterday afternoon, in the presence of a large, and representative gathering. The unveiling was performed by Mrs. Haggart, Elian Rialehach, and Provost Haggart, O. B. E., J. P:, spoke of the sacrifice made by the men from the parish. The war memorial consists of an archway forming an entrance to Ihe Birks o' Aberfeldy, and has been carried out in Doddington stone, with wrought iron gates. In two grey unpolished granite panels, one on either side of the gateway, are recorded the sixty-six names, in leaded letters of Aberfeldy's fallen heroes. A low parapet wall has been erected, with a railing of wrought iron, on each side of the archway.
  • Dundee Courier - Monday 25 April 1921 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000164/19210425/080/0004 AN EXPENSIVE ARCHWAY. PROPOSED ABERFELDY WAR MEMORIAL Too Costly For Money Available.
  • Perthshire Advertiser 7 June 1922- IMPRESSIVE CEREMONY AT THE ENTRANCE TO DEN OF MONESS TRIBUTE BY PROVOST J.D. AND MRS HAGGART FULL REPORT. ROLL OF HONOUR Many tender sympathies were awakened on Sabbath afternoon in Aberfeldy and district, when the unveiling and dedication took place of the handsome memorial erected at the entrance to the Den of Moness to the memory of those belonging to the Burgh of Aberfeldy who fell in the Great War. There was a large gathering of relatives of the deceased soldiers, Comrades of the Great War, members of the Town Council and other public bodies and the general public - all met for the purpose of paying a last tribute to the memory of those who had responded so readily to their country’s call in the time of danger, and who laid down their young and valuable lives for the loved ones at home. The Comrades of the Great War, the School Children, Boy Scouts, members of the Town Council and other public bodies, the Free Masons and the Foresters all assembled in the Town Hall Square, and, headed by the Aberfeldy Pipe Band, marched in procession to the memorial. The following was the order of procession; School Children, Boy Scouts, Pipers, Territorials, Comrades, Clergy, Public Bodies and General Public. The service lasted for an hour, from three to four o’clock, and was of a most impressive and touching character. Provost Haggart, O.B.E., J.P., presided, and the memorial was unveiled by Mrs Haggart. The following was the order of service; Invocation Prayer, the Rev. C.W. Hutcheson, Parish Church: Psalm 23; Scripture Reading (Revelation ch. 7 verses 9 to 17), the Rev. John Harrison, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church: Prayer, the Rev. Allan S. Guild, Congregational Church: Hymn 339: Address by Provost Haggart: Reading of Roll of Honour by Mr Andrew Clow, Town Clerk: Last Post, by Bugler Peter MacDougall, Black Watch: Prayer of Dedication, the Rev. John MacRae, U.F. Church: Lament, ‘The Flowers of the Forest’, by the Pipe Band: Delivery of custody of the memorial to the Town Council by Dr Mackay, and Acceptance by Provost Haggart on behalf of the Town Council: relatives, comrades, and others lay wreaths on memorial: Paraphrase 66: Benediction by the Rev. D. Stewart, Free Church: the National Anthem. Provost Haggart, in his address, said:- Ladies and Gentlemen, My wife and I consider it a high honour and privilege to be asked by the Committee to take part in today’s solemn and proud ceremony. We are met as a community with one thought uppermost in our minds, to commemorate in no empty manner the memory and to pay homage and tribute to the immortal deeds of those brave lads of the Burgh who fought and laid down their lives in defence of King and country. In the generous traditions of public life we like to honour those to whom honour is due. Today we have that opportunity, although it is difficult to adequately express one’s thoughts and feelings. This beautiful memorial is erected as a witness to future generations to testify to the great spirit of loyalty and self-sacrifice which dominated those brave lads. The names inscribed, the great Roll of Honour, which is to be unveiled today, will, I believe, be a continued source of pride, and for ever inspire the youth of the district as well as the many visitors to the historic “Birks”, in the noble qualities of steadfastness and courage, and the great victory they helped to win to give us liberty. Today we have a moment to estimate the character of those brave men. Those men have left their legacy of a new birth of freedom, a monument which time cannot wear away, a grand picture of strenuous life and loyal endeavour. Today’s ceremony is a celebration of patriotism and thanksgiving. Let us all foster that spirit of patriotism, that national instinct of respect for our old traditions. Today we are filled with pride and affection in recalling the glorious records of those lads in the Great War. They died to achieve victory. They were carrying on the noble traditions of our race on the call of duty. The memory of Wallace and Bruce still stirred in their veins. They have proved themselves worthy successors, and have shown those qualities of chivalry and courage which their forebears had shown centuries before. We have only to recall the glorious records of the Black Watch on the National Monument erected in memory of the Royal Highlanders, which we are proud to possess, and who fought in all wars with great distinction. Today we recall the glorious deeds of the Fifty-first Division, to which the majority of our men were attached, their deadly struggles, their indomitable pluck and endurance, their determination to conquer, and which ultimately secured us victory and the great deliverance. They fought for the British Flag, which we see before us today, representing the superiority of Great Britain, and which stands for humanity, civilisation, and progress. While we mourn the loss of those valuable lives, so full of hopes and promise, we congratulate those who have borne and returned from the field of battle. I am proud to see so many present with us today. We have good reason to appreciate your redoubtable qualities as soldiers in the field, showing your sense of responsibility for the safety and strength of the nation. We regret the passing away of others of your comrades, worn and shattered to join the great majority. It is our duty to help and not forget those who are still disabled, and the relatives of the fallen, broken in heart and spirit. Let us hope that the war has passed into the passionless domains of history, and do all we can to achieve a lasting peace. In conclusion, I should like in a word to thank one and all for the great interest shown in the erection of the memorial, in helping to lay those treasured stones, adding further lustre to the history of this district. It would be invidious to mention names, but two outstanding members of the Committee, Mr Clow, Town Clerk, and Mr MacDonald, Burgh Surveyor, are deserving of special thanks, also the architect, Mr Thomson, and the contractors, Messrs Ramage & Cooper, Perth. I offer my warmest sympathy to the relatives of the fallen. An occasion such as this awakens sorrow. We should look to Him who alone can give the victory, and who alone can redeem the world of strife, selfishness, and failure, and as time goes on we will all realise more fully the great task that the glorious dead undertook and accomplished. In unveiling the memorial, Mrs Haggart, who showed much tender feeling and sympathy, said;- Ladies and Gentlemen, I should like to express my appreciation of the honour which has been done to me in being asked to take part in this solemn ceremony. Those whose names are inscribed on this memorial possesses what, I think, we all realise to be the greatest of all virtues, that of self-sacrifice. They gave their lives for others. No man can do a greater deed than this. May we live to follow their noble example in self-sacrificing ourselves for the good of others. Our hearts go out with the deepest sympathy to those friends and relatives who are left to mourn. May the remembrance of their dear ones’ bravery help them, and out Heavenly Father send comfort to their hearts. I now unveil this memorial to the Glory of God, and in grateful remembrance of those lives laid down for King and country. Their names are glorious for ever. The Rev. John MacRae, in his prayer of dedication, thanked God for the courage. And for the ready response which these brave lads had made to the nation’s call in time of danger. They made the supreme sacrifice that we might have liberty. Might we by worthy of the great sacrifice they had made, and might we all emulate them in their devotion to duty, and in the spirit of self-sacrifice which had animated them. Might God draw near in a very special way to those whose hearts were bleeding anew for loved ones who would never return. Dr Mackay, in formally handing over the memorial to the custody of the Town Council, said he was sure the council would always take a great interest in seeing that the memorial was properly kept and cared for. Provost Haggart had great pleasure in accepting the the custody of the memorial on behalf of the Town Council. They would always look upon it as one of their treasured possessions. It was very appropriate, he thought, that it should be handed over to the public body, which looked after not only the ratepayers’ interests, but the amenity of the town. He hoped that nothing would be erected to injure the site of the memorial gateway, and that it would inspire and unlock in the minds of men and women the gateway of opportunity to follow, if need arose, the noble example of these men in defending their country. In handing down to future Town Councils that sacred trust, he had no doubt they would carry out faithfully the wishes of the people today, and be proud of what their forebears accomplished in securing their liberty and freedom. He would take the first opportunity of having this engrossed in the minutes of the Council to constitute a permanent record, so that it might be maintained, and be a lasting record worthy of the sacrifice of those men. The arrangements made for the unveiling of the memorial were most satisfactory, and the solemn proceeding passed off in keeping with the tender memories which the occasion awakened. Owing to the situation of the memorial the space for the accommodation for all those who desired to take part in the service was very limited but every effort was made to avoid crowding or discomfort. The weather conditions, if somewhat dull, were quite pleasant for standing outside. Many lovely wreaths were placed around the memorial by relatives, Comrades of the Great War, Boy Scouts, and others. One wreath had the words: Do we forget? Oh, no; For memory’s golden chain Bind our hearts to yours, dear boys Till they meet and touch again. On the cord of another wreath were the words: “In the name of love, and with wistful memories of happy bygone days”. The Menzies Scouts wreath had; “Their duty nobly done: their wreath of laurel won. In proud memory of the boys from Aberfeldy”.

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