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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Ettrick And Lauderdale
Town
Galashiels
County
Borders
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Thomas J Clapperton FRBS (Sculptor)
Sir Robert Lorimer ARA, RSA (Architect)
David Sutherland (Sculptor)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: October 1924
    Attended by: Field Marshal Earl Haig
  • Presented
    Date: 1928
    Attended by: The clusters of bells in the tower were donated by the Cochrane family, benevolent local mill owners. They had lost two sons in the Great War.
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
56992
Current location

Burgh Chambers
Cornmill Square
Galashiels
Ettrick And Lauderdale
Borders
TD1 3AD
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NT 49294 35956
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Memorial consists of a peal tower and quarter-chiming clock in front of which is a plinth with a statue of a mounted mosstrooper or border reiver (known locally as The Reiver Monument). Behind the sculpture is the bronze panel of WW1 names set into the base of the tower, flanked by the two bronze panels for WW2 (1 on each side). To the right hand side of the memorial is a separate bronze plaque recording the dedication. Above the panel is a relief sculpture of the Angel of Peace holding a wreath in each hand. The clock has two illuminated dials glazed in pot opal glass, with automatic lighting apparatus, gun metal wheels and a bell frame for ten bells (but only four supplied). At 8pm every evening after the eighth strike the bells ring out the first four lines of 'Braw, Braw Lads', written originally by Robert Burns, as a daily tribute to the fallen of WW1 and WW2.
Inscription
WAR MEMORIAL/THE INSCRIBED STONE/LAID IN THE PRESENCE OF/HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES 3RD DECEMBER 1924/UNVEILED BY/FIELD MARSHAL EARL HAIG/OF BENERSYDE/4TH OCTOBER 1925 Plaque: (Names arranged by regiment) Above plaque: 1914 FOR REMEMBRANCE 1918
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adamson, G
Adamson, Thomas B
Aikman, William
Aitchison, James H
Alexander, John T
Allan, Francis
Amos, John L R
Amos, Thomas R
Anderson, Peter
Anderson, Peter
See details for all 757 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 639
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 639
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, rank, regiment, decorations
    Order of information: regiment THEN surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 118
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 118
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, rank, service
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Tower
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Clock
    Measurements: width 1676mm
    Materials: Metal, Glass
  • Bells
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
Condition
History
2008: A decision was made in July to silence the chiming of the bells between midnight and 7.15am as the noise was above permitted levels. However, locals protested at this and are seeking to reverse the decision.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Galashiels Community Council and the Galashiels branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warmemscot-ftopic294.html
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Nadeauville Community War Memorial in Saskatchewan- to the men of a homesteading community in southern Saskatchewan. See www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/national-inventory-canadian-memorials/details/2898 The community no longer exists and if you look it up on Google maps - at the junction of 2 "roads" the SK-633 and the SK-728 north of Tompkins - you'll see it really is in the middle of nowhere! Address: SW corner of SW 1/4 Sec 3 Township 16 Range 21 GPS Coordinates: Lat: 50.31015 Long: -108.82297 The memorial lists 3 Scots, 2 English, 1 French-Canadian and 1 American. At the moment one of the service records (for Mark Simpson) is not available but the others are: Called Higher 1914-1919 R.F. DRUMMOND Robert Fyfe Drummond – age 24 – Private (253122) 49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Robert of Nadeauville homesteaded NE15-16-21-W3 southwest of Hazlet before enlisting in the 209th Battalion at Swift Current, Saskatchewan in June 1916. He sailed from Canada in November and joined the 49th Battalion in France in March 1917. Robert was admitted to the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station with multiple wounds in October but he died just over two weeks later. Born 1893 in Dunfermline, Fife. Son of the late James and Janet Drummond of 32 Chalmers Street, Dunfermline. He named his brother James of New Bridge Street, Glasgow as his next of kin Died of Wounds on 15 November 1917. C.R. DALGLIESH Charles Rieve Dalgliesh – age 28 – Private (114809) Canadian Cavalry Brigade, Machine Gun Squadron. Charles was a rancher at Nadeauville (homesteaded SW20-16-21-W3 west of Hazlet) when he enlisted in the Canadian Mounted Rifles at Maple Creek, Saskatchewan in December 1914. He sailed from St. John, New Brunwick in November 1915 and was posted to the Royal Canadian Dragoons in France in May 1916 before being attached to the CCB Machine Gun Squadron in August. He remained as part of this unit for the rest of the war, Charles was hit by shrapnel from a stray shell while watering the horses at Castell Woods near Amiens and died in a nearby French Field Ambulance. Born 1890 in Galashiels, Selkirkshire. Son of Charles Rieve Dalgliesh (died 1902) and Janet Cumming (Douglas) Dalgliesh (died 1917) formerly of of 284 Galapark Road, Galashiels. Died of Wounds on 1 April 1918. R. MCFARLANE Ralph Macfarlane – age 25 – Private (252710) 102nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Ralph of Nadeauville homesteaded SE36-15-22-W3 north of Tompkins before enlisting in the 209th Battalion at Maple Creek, Saskatchewan in April 1916. He sailed from Canada in November and joined the 102nd Battalion in France in December. He was wounded in August 1918 and returned to his battalion in September but within days Ralph was wounded again and he died in the 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station. Born 1893 in Leith, Edinburgh. Son of Thomas and Helen Macfarlane of Hunters Square, Gorebridge, Midlothian. Died of Wounds on I October 1918. H. DEFAYETTE (Joseph) Henri Defayette – age 20 – Private (252765) 28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Henri of Nadeauville was a native of Saint-Jérome, Québec, and homesteaded NW28-15-22-W3 west of Nadeauville before enlisting in the 209th Battalion at Maple Creek, Saskatchewan in April 1916. He sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia in October 1916 and he was posted to the 28th Battalion in France in December. He was attached to the 6th Canadian Machine Gun Company in March 1917 but was killed at Vimy Ridge a month later. Killed in Action on 9 April 1917. A. DOWLAND Arthur Stephen Dowland – age 23 – Private (114812) 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion. Arthur was farming with his brother William who homesteaded SE1-16-21-W3 southwest of Hazlet, when he enlisted in the 9th CMR at Maple Creek, Saskatchewan in January 1915. He sailed from St John, New Brunswick in November and joined the 1st CMR in France in January 1916. Born in 1893 at Ramsgate, Thanet, Kent, Son of William and Elizabeth H. Dowland of 45 Hamerton Road, Northfleet, Kent. Killed in Action on 5 June 1916. M. SIMPSON Mark Simpson – age 33 – Private (106555) 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion. Mark was ranching at Nadeauville when he enlisted at Yorkton, Saskatchewan at the end of December 1914. Born 1886 in Dalton in Furness, Ulverston, Lancashire. Son of Thomas and Jane Simpson of 107a Cleator Street, Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire. Killed in Action on 5 June 1916. O. ERICKSON Carl Oscar Erickson – age 25 – Private (252591) 28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Carl homesteaded SE7-15-21-W3 north of Tompkins before enlisting in the 209th Battalion at Maple Creek, Saskatchewan in March 1916. He sailed from Canada in November and joined the 28th Battalion in France in December. He damaged his knee during training and was evacuated to hospital in Birmingham in March 1917. He rejoined his battalion in June. Born 1892 in Olivia, Minnesota, USA Son of E. Erickson of Olivia, Renville County, Minnesota, USA. He named his sister Alice Erickson of Tomkins in his will. Killed in Action on 6 November 1917. IN MEMORY OF OUR BRAVE SOLDIERS
  • Scotsman.com News, 30 November, 2010
  • The Border Telegraph 8 July,2008
  • Keddie, Andrew. "Parker slams staff as Galashiels memorial bell row goes national". Southern Reporter, 31 July 2008.
  • Scottish Legion News No.57 (November 1996) page 2 Published:Royal British Legion Scotland 1996 Best kept War Memorial Competition. Winner of Memorials Without Gardens.

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