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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
Banff And Buchan
Town
Gamrie
County
Grampian
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
William Macmillan RA (Architect)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 10th October 1920
    Attended by: Rev. J. S. Ewen, B.D.. chaplain of the Forces, formerly minister of Gamrie from 1915 to 1919, and now minister of Monquhitter.
  • Dedicated
    Date: 10th October 1920
    Attended by: Rev. D. W. M'Lean, B.D., Gamrie Parish Church; Rev. William Ross, M.A., Gardenstown United Free Church; and Rev. Charles M'Arthur, M.A., Gardenstown Parish Church, who gave the dedicatory prayer at the unveiling ceremony,
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
57201
Current location

In the churchyard
to the right of the drive up to the church.
Gamrie Parish Kirkyard
On a minor road between the A98 and B9031
South of Gardenstown.
Gamrie
Banff And Buchan
Grampian
AB45 3HL
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NJ 79268 62692
Denomination: Church of Scotland

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Description
Stone obelisk set on a plinth with stone scrolls at each corner. The whole is set on two steps. Names are listed on each face of the plinth in black lettering.
Inscription
Front face: IN MEMORY OF THE MEN / OF THE PARISH OF GAMRIE / WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES / FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE / GREAT EUROPEAN WAR / 1914 1919 / "GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS / THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE / FOR HIS FRIENDS" / ALSO THE MEN AND WOMEN / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES AS / A RESULT OF WORLD WAR II / 1939 1945 Other faces: (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Alexander, D
Alexander, F
Alexander, J
Alexander, J M
Alllan, J
Anderson, G M
Anderson, J K
Badenoch, A
Blackhall, A
Blackhall, G
See details for all 64 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 64
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 64
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, rank, regiment, decorations
    Order of information: regiment THEN surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Condition
Costs

Comments: The committee raised £600

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=4308&mforum=warmemscot
  • Aberdeen Press and Journal - Tuesday 12 October 1920 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000576/19201012/054/0006 DISTRICT MEMORIALS. GARDENSTOWN AND GAMRIE'S SACRIFICES. WOMEN'S RESPONSIBILITIES. The unveiling the Gamrie and Gardenstown War Memorial took place on Sunday afternoon. The first part consisted service the church, where the officiating clergymen were the Rev. D. W. M'Lean, B.D., Gamrie Parish Church; the Rev. William Ross, M.A., United Free Church; and the Rev. Charles M'Arthur, M.A., Gardenstown Parish Church, who gave the dedicatory prayer at the unveiling ceremony, which was performed by the Rev. J. S. Ewen, B.D., ex-chaplain of the Forces, formerly minister of from 1915 to 1919, and now minister of Monquhitter. The praise was led Mr William Chalmers - all the choirs of the various churches being combined. Miss Littlejohn was organist, and the conclusion of the service in the church played the Dead March in "Saul." After the service the congregation adjourned to the churchyard, where the monument is erected. It consists of a square base suitable foundation, surmounted by an obelisk 16 feet high. The memorial is of Persley granite, and the design by M'Millan, architect, Aberdeen. The Committee raised £600, and it is intended to enclose the monument with a suitable railing. Names of the Fallen. The following is the inscription on the memorial: - "In memory of the men of the parish of Gamrie who laid down their lives for their country in the great European war, 1914- 1919. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his iife for his friends." (names) ….. After the dedicatory prayer, the "Last Post" was sounded by Bugler Watt. Three wreaths were laid the foot of the monument - one by the parish, and one each by Alexandrina Hendry, Gardenstown, and Margaret Mitchell, granddaughter of Mr Cowie, Cushnie, both of whom lost a father and two uncles.

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