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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Skye And Lochalsh
Town
Kyleakin
County
Highland
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), First World War - civilians, Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians
Maker
D & A DAVIDSON
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 15 April 1921
    Attended by: Mrs MacInnes of the Kings Arms Hotel. Her only son was killed in France.
  • Dedicated
    Date: 15 April 1921
    Attended by: Martin Macrae, minister of Dervaig, Mull and a native of Kyleakin, who served with the HLI (Highland Light Infantry) in Mesopotamia during World War I
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
57254
Current location

Footpath signposted for War Memorial.
Kyleakin
Skye And Lochalsh
Highland
IV41 8PN
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NG 75386 26447
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Broad tapered stone block plinth surmounted by two stepped pedestal and celtic cross. Inscription in lead lettering on the front face of the memorial. Celtic knotwork design carved on the front face of the cross. The Memorial is on a small rocky outcrop near the old ferry ramp and the path to get to it is marked by an metal archway with a coloured badge of the memorial at the top of the arch.
Inscription
Front face: Lower Block: 1914-1918/ (Names)/ Cha till ind tuillendh/ Upper Block: 1939 - 1945/ (Names)/ Base: THIS CROSS/ HAS BEEN ERECTED BY THE INHABITANTS/ OF KYLEAKIN/ IN PROUD & GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN/ FROM THE VILLAGE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE/ TWO WORLD WARS
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Grant, Alasdair
Grant, Alexander
Grant, Neil
Gunn, Alexander J
Macdonald, Duncan
Macdonald, Kenneth
Macinnes, Allan
Macinnes, Donald
Macinnes, Neil
Macinnes, Peter
See details for all 18 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 9
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 9
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: rank, regiment / ship /service, forenames, surname
    Order of information: Undefined
  • First World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: forename, surname, rank, ship
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 4
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 4
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: rank, service, forenames, surname
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 3
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 3
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: rank, forenames, surname, service
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Peterhead
Condition
History
1975: Original memorial was struck by lightning and badly damaged. The replacement memorial was built on the plinth of the original one.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
The Highland Council
Reference
  • Scottish War Memorials Project-warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=2186&mforum=warmemscot
  • Information about HMS Halcyon (Deck Hand Peter MacInnes, DA/13395, died 28 December 1916 and is buried at Asgaig Cemetery, isle of Skye)-en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Halcyon_(1894)
  • William John Reid (buried at Plockton Churchyard)-livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/7673594
  • Information about SS Polymnia-Polymnia was a 2,426 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1903 by Blohm & Voss of Hamburg for Woermann Linie KG as Henriette Woermann. From 1917 she was owned by Kaye, Son & Co. Ltd. and renamed Polymnia. She was sunk on 15 May 1917 by torpedo fired by German submarine UC-75 at position 49° 54' N, 05° 34' W - approximately 15 nautical miles West of The Lizard. She was en route from Huelva and Lisbon to the UK with a cargo of iron ore and fruit.
  • Information about the loss of HM Submarine E26-en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_E26
  • Information about RFA Scotal (AKA RFA Scotol)-en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RFA_Scotol
  • HMS Cochrane II was the Rosyth supply and accounting base for tenders between 1940 and 1945
  • Details about HMS Pollock (Note that John Malcolm Reid (LT/JX 280032) died on 16 January 1944 and is buried at Bari War cemetery, Italy)-uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/6272.html
  • Empire Spring was a 6,946 GRT CAM ship which was built by Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow. Launched on 8 March 1941 and completed in June 1941. Torpedoed on 14 February 1942 and sunk by U-576 in the North Atlantic
  • SS Observer- The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk on 16 December 1942 in the South Atlantic 350 nautical miles (650 km) east of Cape São Roque, Brazil (5°30′S 31°00′W) by U-176 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 66 of her 81 crew
  • Photographs-www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/162823/

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