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Memorial details

Memorial type
Stone of remembrance
District
Western Islands
Town
Back (Isle of Lewis)
County
Western Isles
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 10 November 2001
    Attended by: George Graham, who had served in the Royal Navy in WW2, aged 96
  • Dedicated
    Date: 10 November 2001
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
57323
Current location

Garden in small park beside main road from Back to North Tolsta
Isle of Lewis.
Back (Isle of Lewis)
Western Islands
Western Isles
HS2 0LA
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NB 48086 40041
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Gravel area and brick paths surrounded by stone wall and metal gates. In the centre is a stone cairn with dedicatory plaque on the front face. Surrounding cairn are standing stones with plaques for each village with the names of their fallen inscribed in black lettering. At the entrance gates is a freestanding stone tablet which gives the name of the memorial and its unveiling date.
Inscription
Cairn: MAR CHUIMHNEACHAN/ IN MEMORY OF ALL THOSE/ FROM TONG TO GRESS/ WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR FREEDOM/ IN THE TWO WORLD WARS/ 1914-1918 1939-1945/ AND THOSE WHO PERISHED IN/ THE TRAGEDY OF HMY IOLAIRE/ 1 JANUARY 1919/ AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN/ THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM./ "RHA IAD NAM BALLA DHUINN ARAON/ A DH'OIDHCHE AGUS A LA/ 1 SAMUEL. 25.16. Standing stones: (Names) Entrance tablet: BACK/ WAR MEMORIAL/ UNVEILED BY/ GEORGE GRAHAM/ (SEORAS A CHRAN)/ 36 VATISKER/ 10TH NOVEMBER 2001
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Beaton, Alex
Beaton, Alexander
Beaton, Angus
Beaton, James
Campbell, Alexander
Campbell, Donald
Campbell, Murdo
Campbell, Murdo
Ferguson, A
Ferguson, John
See details for all 106 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 78
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 78
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,year died,regiment,forename, home village, address
    Order of information: home village THEN address
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 17
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 17
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,year died,regiment,forename, home village, address
    Order of information: home village THEN address
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 11
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 11
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,year died,regiment,forename, home village, address
    Order of information: home village THEN address
Components
  • Cairn
    Measurements: height 2438mm
    Materials: Granite
  • Stone of remembrance
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • Gate
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wrought Iron
  • Wall
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Condition
Costs

Site: NIL-Donated by Back Free Church
Memorial: £104.000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Reference

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