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Memorial details

Memorial type
Stone of remembrance
District
City Of Aberdeen
Town
Aberdeen
County
Grampian
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), First World War - civilians
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: c. June 1916
    Attended by: Lair bought by Mr Cooper for naval burials and memorial erected
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
5841

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Current location

Western part of the cemetery
Trinity Cemetery
Park Road
Aberdeen
City Of Aberdeen
Grampian
AB24 5PH
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NJ 94680 07350
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Built from rustic granite with finely dressed arrises and curvilinear ends. Roll of honour comprises two finely dressed recessed slabs. Below is an anchor and rope motif in relief. A RN seaman was killed in 1916 and no one claimed his body so it was buried in a strangers' part of the cemetery so a local businessman bought a plot to be used for any naval burials and erected a memorial on it. Note that Geoffrey J Webb, SS Prince Arthur, was in the RNVR, not the Mercantile Marine as may be presumed.
Inscription
PRESENTED/ TO/ ABERDEEN NAVAL AUTHORITIES/ BY MR AND MRS GEORGE COOPER OF ABERDEEN/ IN MEMORY OF/ (Names in 2 columns)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Ahern, Patrick
A Sailor Of The Great War
Brown, John
Burwood, William J
Evans, John
Fouquet, David
Glendinning, J
Goode, Albert Edward
Hyde, William
Kearney, T M
See details for all 19 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 18
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 18
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forename, rank, regiment
    Order of information: One is an unidentified sailor
  • First World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, service, decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Rubislaw
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Aberdeen Press and Journal - Saturday 10 June 1916 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000576/19160610/043/0004 NAVAL HERO'S FUNERAL IN ABERDEEN. TRINITY CEMETERY MEMORIAL. Lord Provost Taggart and the magistrates Aberdeen attended a. naval funeral which tooK place from the Royal Infirmary to the Joint Station last night. The funeral was that of ship's cook Richard William Duff, who belonged to Gosport, and was one of the crew of a destroyer which took part in the naval engagement last week. He was very seriously wounded, and, though hopes of his recovery were entartained, these were not realised. The remains were conveyed from the Infirmary the station in .glaoa-paneiled hearee. At the Infirmary, the service of the Church of England was conducted by Canon Cornwall Jones, one of the military chaplains attached to the hospital. In addition to Lord Provost Taggart, the magistrates present were Baillies Fiddes, Smith, Sangster, Thomson, Beveridge, and Hutchison. Mr Alexander Duffus, advocate, attended, representing the Board of Directors of the Royal Infirmary. Colonel the Rev. James Smith also followed the hearse from the Infirmary to the station. A party of about 40 bluejackets, under one of the officers of the ship to which dcceaeed belonged, brought up the rear of the funeral procession. The coffin was enshrouded in the white ensign, and wreaths sent by shipmates were placed above Tho cortege attracted the sympathetic attention of passers-by, who paid tributes of respect to the fallen. Seaman's Burial Ground. Some disappointment was expressed in seafaring circles in Aberdeen in connection with the funeral of Seaman Nickless from the city police mortuary to Trinity Cemetery on Tuesday. The funeral was carried out by an Aberdeen firm of undertakers, on the instructions of the Admiralty, who, as the. seaman's remains had not been claimed, bore whole expense of the funeral, which was attended with naval and military honours. The feeling referred to arose in consequence of the remains being interred in that part of the cemetery allocated to strangers. Seaman Nickless had fallen in the defence of his country in the great naval battle, and it was felt to be fitting that not only should bhe e buried in a more prominent spot the cemetery, but that some permanent memorial should placed over his resting-place. Generous Gift. Mr George Cooper, stevedore and contractor, 31 Adelphi, one of those who interested themselves in the matter, being desirous of marking his admiration of the heroism sailors who gave their lives in the battle, intimated his willingness to bear the whole expense of providing a corner of the cemetery to be set aside as the place of interment of naval men dying in the service of their country. He accordingly communicated with the naval authorities at the port, who signified their readiness to accept the gift. Mrs Cooper is associated with her husband in the generous proposal, and Mr Cooper has handed over a cheque for £100 to meet the cost of three lairs in Trinity Cemetery, a granite kerb to enclose the ground, and a handsome monument of the same material to be inscribed with the names of the donors, and of the brave seamen whose remains are laid there. The first use of the ground so consecrated was made on Thursday afternoon, when the remains of Seaman Nickless were re-interred the presence of an officer and detachment of bluejackets from deceased's ship.
  • www.flickr.com/photos/doffcocker/12060098083/in/set-72157639987384413/
  • Aberdeen City SMR - NJ90NW1246 - TRINITY CEMETERY, ABERDEEN online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/smrpub/master/detail.aspx?tab=main&refno=NJ90NW1246
  • Aberdeen, Trinity Cemetery, War Memorial canmore.org.uk/site/339846/aberdeen-trinity-cemetery-war-memorial
  • Aberdeen Press and Journal - Friday 12 November 1920 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000576/19201112/010/0003 11th November, 1920. Mrs Cooper, wife of Mr George Cooper, 90 Hamilton Place, placed the wreath on the grave in Trinity Cemetery where officers and men belonging to the Royal Navy and Royal Naval Reserve are buried. The site of the grave and the beautiful monument that now stands on it were generously given to the Admiralty by Mr and Mrs Cooper, Captain Laird, C.B., R.N., senior naval officer, who was unable to be present as arranged, was represented by Commissioned Officer Scanlon.

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