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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Kirkcaldy
Town
Burntisland
County
Fife
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 1 October 1921
    Attended by: Viscount Novar of Raith
  • Rededicated
    Date: 5 June 1949
    Attended by: Rev. A. Scott Murray, Rev. Colin Macdonald, Rev. J. H. Mitchell Dabb and Rev. Noel Round.
  • Unveiled
    Date: 5 June 1949
    Attended by: Mrs Meldrum (wife of Provost Meldrum)
  • Dedicated
    Date: 1 October 1921
    Attended by: Rev J Rogan
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
5739
Current location

Junction of Kinghorn Road and Cromwell Road
Burntisland
Kirkcaldy
Fife
KY3 9EH
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NT 23501 85975
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Celtic cross atop a square base with black metal spiked fence surrounding base. Sword of Sacrifice on front face of cross with laurel wreath and Burntisland coat of arms on south panel. Memorial placed within a walled enclosure. Inscriptions in black lettering with World War Two names positioned on enclosure wall.
Inscription
South face: TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN HONOURED/ MEMORY OF THE MEN/ OF BURNTISLAND/ WHO LAID DOWN THEIR/ LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WARS/ THEY DIED THAT/ WE MIGHT LIVE North, west, and east faces: (Names) Enclosure wall: (Names)/ 1939-1945
Inscription legible?
no
Names on memorial
Adamson, Charles
Adamson, Peter L
Aird, William
Alexander, John S
Anderson, Peter
Baker, William Ernest
Barclay, George
Baxter, Alexander
Best, Robert A
Birrell, James C
See details for all 175 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 133
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 133
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 42
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 42
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: depth 1400 mm, height 5000 mm, width 1400 mm
    Materials: Stone
  • Wall
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Fence/ Railing
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wrought Iron
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
Condition
History
2014- Memorial cleaned, wall altered, railings added
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Responsibility
Fife Regional Council
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=321&mforum=warmemscot
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Leven Mail - Wednesday 08 June 1949
  • Fife Free Press, 8 October 1921
  • Dunfermline Press, 8 October 1921
  • The Scotsman 03 October 1921. VISCOUNT NOVAR AND BURNTISLAND'S TRIBUTE Burntisland war memorial was unveiled on Saturday afternoon by Viscount Novar. The memorial is of Aberdeen granite, and is in the form of a Celtic cross, standing on a square base, on the sides of which are inscribed the names of the one hundred and twenty-two local men who fell in the war. Viscount Novar, after unveiling the memorial congratulated Burntisland on the memorial they had erected in recognition of what home and country owed to the men who went out and fought, and for years steadily endured inconceivable hardships, and faced with fearless mind the pitiless engines of destruction.

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