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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Kincardine And Deeside
Town
Crathie
County
Grampian
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
SIR JAMES TAGGART (Sculptor)
MR WILLIAM KELLY (Designer)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 3 September 1922
    Attended by: His Majesty King George V
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
5852
Current location

Opposite Bridge Lodge
Balmoral Estate
On the east side of the B976
after the bridge over The Dee
and before the entrance to the Balmoral Estate.
Crathie
Kincardine And Deeside
Grampian
AB35 5TB
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NO 26158 94891
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Panelled Inver granite slab-shaft with carved cross adorned with Celtic braid chip-carving and flanked by sword. On large two-stepped base; larger stepped base containing WW1 names has Fylfots/swastikas ( fylfots: a cross with perpendicular extensions, usually at 90° or close angles, radiating in the same direction - looks very similar to swastikas, position seems slightly different however but is stated in newspaper clippings and referenced as swastikas in informative plaque) in two rows. An Explanatory board erected to the right of the memorial explains that His Majesty George V unveiled the Memorial on 3rd September 1922, dedicated to the memory of the men of the estates who gave their lives in the Great War. The names on the base to the horizontal pedestal are those of the men of Crathie who died in the 2nd World War. The swastika was a symbol of widespread ancient usage associated with the sun and its name comes from Sanskrit denoting well-being, fortune and luck. The symbol appeared on the bindings and title pages of many of Rudyard Kipling's works. The symbol had no sinister associations at the time the Memorial was designed.
Inscription
CROSS: A.D. / 1914 / 1919 / (Names) PLAQUE: THE BALMORAL WAR MEMORIAL / HIS MAJESTY KING GEORGE V UNVEILED THIS MEMORIAL ON/ 3RD SEPTEMBER 1922 AND DEDICATED IT IN MEMORY OF THE / MEN FROM THE ESTATES IN THE AREA WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN THE GREAT WAR. / THE NAMES OF THE MEN OF THE CRATHIE PARISH WHO WERE / KILLED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR WERE ADDED TO THE BASE. / THE MEMORIAL IS BUILT OF THE SAME GRANITE AS BALMORAL / CASTLE. IT WAS DESIGNED BY DR W KELLY, WHO SPECIALISED / IN CELTIC CROSSES AND WAS SCULPTURED BY SIR JAMES TAGGART. / THE SWASTIKA WAS A SYMBOL OF WIDESPREAD ANCIENT USAGE / ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUN AND ITS NAME IS FROM SANSKRIT / DENOTING WELL BEING, FORTUNE, LUCK. THE SYMBOL APPEARED / ON THE BUILDINGS AND TITLE PAGES OF MANY OF RUDYARD KIPLINGS / WORKS. THE SYMBOL HAD NO SINISTER ASSOCIATIONS AT THE TIME / THE MEMORIAL WAS DESIGNED.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Alexander, John G M
Anderson, W W
Bracken, George
Campbell, C
Coutts, H
Coutts, J
Coutts, R E
Dickson, G
Duguid, R
Duncan, H
See details for all 34 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 28
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 28
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, regiment, forenames
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 6
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 6
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, regiment, forenames
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Memorial
    Measurements: depth 1219.2mm, height 4876.8mm, width 3048mm
    Materials: Granite - Balmoral
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
BALMORAL ESTATE
Reference
  • paper clipping came with documentation posted to museum commenting on the memorial's unusual and noteworthy feature of the fylfots. 'The unusual dark granite is from the quarry at Inver near Balmoral. A noteworthy feature is the swastika decoration on the First World War decoration. An explanatory notice assures the reader that there is no political significance in this but that the swastika was a form of decoration in use well before Nazi Germany adopted it. The unveiling was carried out by King George VI in September, 1922 accompanied by numerous members of the Royal Family.
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