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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cairn
District
Glasgow
Town
Balfron
County
Strathclyde
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians
Maker
W A Robertson of Glasgow (Architect)
MR Archibald Dawson of Glasgow School of Art (Designer)
Messrs Simpson (Mason)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 29 January 1922
    Attended by: Duke of Montrose
  • Dedicated
    Date: 29 January 1922
    Attended by: Rev Archibald Macbengie, Parish Minister
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
5781

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Current location

Bottom of the drive up to Balfron Parish Church.
Balfron Parish Church
Kepculloch Road
Balfron
Glasgow
Strathclyde
G63 0NY
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NS 54741 89218
Denomination: Church of Scotland

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Description
Built Cairn with metal plaques- 1 for each war, below each other; steps leading up to plaques. The WW1 plaque is divided by a sculpted tree of life and a symbol of a self-sacrificing pelican and her young.
Inscription
IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THE / PARISH OF BALFRON WHO IN / THE WAR GAVE UP THEIR LIVES / FOR THE HONOUR AND FREEDOM / (Names) / 1914-1919/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE// 1939 / (Names) / 1945.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adam, Hugh Fleming
Battison, George
Battison, Peter
Battison, Tom
Craig, Frank
Craig, Guthrie
Edmond, James
Fairweather, Andrew
Fyfe, James Tait
Gilland, Samuel
See details for all 37 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 32
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 32
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: forenames, surname, regiment
    Order of information: surname THEN forename
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 4
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 4
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: forename, surname, regiment
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: forename, surname, service
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Cairn
    Measurements: depth 3500mm, height 4000mm, width 3500mm
    Materials: Stone - Local
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Sandstone
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Condition
Costs

Site: £450

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=798&mforum=warmemscot
  • A postcard of the unveiling was sold on E-bay in 2012
  • Stirling Journey and Advertiser, 1921-1922
  • Central Region Archives, XF, 2/1/7
  • The Scotsman - Wednesday 0 February 1922 - BALFRON. - The Balfron war memorial was unveiled by the Duke of Montrose, K. T., of Buchanan Castle, Drymen, the Lord-Lieutenant of Stirlingshire. Prior to the unveiling ceremony a joint service was held in the Balfron Parish Church, conducted by, the Rev. Archibald Mackenzie, M.A., and the Rev. George Turner, M.A.; the two, local ministers. Pipe-Major Sutherland, H. L. I., played the "Flowers 0' the Forest," and Bugler Trotter, of the same regiment, sounded the "Last Post." The ex-service men were commanded by Lieutenant Dunkeld. Thirty-two names were inscribed on the memorial. Numerous wreaths were placed on the memorial after the ceremony.

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