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Memorial details

Memorial type
Hall / Institute
District
Kilmarnock And Loudoun
Town
Kilmarnock
County
Strathclyde
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians, Korean War (1950-1953), Northern Ireland Conflict; The Troubles (1969-1998)
Maker
James Miller ARSA, David McGill
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 21 May 1927
    Attended by: Sir Hugh Trenchard
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
5962
Current location

Opposite The Dick Institute
who keep the key for access when it is locked.
Elmbank Avenue
Kilmarnock
Kilmarnock And Loudoun
Strathclyde
KA1 3BU
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NS 43211 37828
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Hall of Remembrance with ionic pillars at the entrance. Inside there is a marble floor, There are 6 Bronze Plaques for WW1 and 2 for WW2 with names, also Brass Plaques for Korean war and Northern Ireland Casualties, and a Bronze Figure of Victory. The 850 WW1 names originally have subsequently been added to.
Inscription
Exterior: TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE Plaque: IN EVERLASTING MEMORY OF THE MEN & WOMEN/ OF KILMARNOCK WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE TWO WORLD WARS Plaques, two to seven: (WW1 Names) Plaques, eight & nine: 1939 - 1945/ (Names) Plaque 10- IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/IN THE KOREAN WAR/[names] Plaque 11- IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/IN NORTHERN IRELAND/[name]
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abbott, N O
Abbott, R
Abercrombie, Samuel S.
Adair, John
Adam, John
Adam, Robert
Adams, J
Aird, James
Aitken, Andrew
Aitken, William
See details for all 1023 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 865
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 865
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, regiment, decorations
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 192
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 192
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, service
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 12
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 12
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, service
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
    Total names on memorial: 5
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 5
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, rank, regiment
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Northern Ireland Conflict; The Troubles (1969-1998)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forename, rank, regiment
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Building
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Sandstone, Stone - Ashlar, Glass
  • Floor
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Figure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brass
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brass
Condition
Costs

Comments: The statue was gifted by the Sculptor, who was a native of Kilmarnock
Memorial: Over £5,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
East Ayrshire Council
Reference
  • Scottish War Memorials Project warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warmemscot-ftopic2180.html
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Local Publication/Booklet 26th and 28th May 1927 Kilmarnock Herald
  • The Sunday Post, 22nd. May, 1927, page 2:- "KILMARNOCK WAR MEMORIAL 8000 See Unveiling by Sir H. Trenchard (Kilmarnock, Saturday.) In presence of an assembly of over 8000 people Air-Marshal Sir Hugh M. Trenchard unveiled the Kilmarnock War Memorial this afternoon. The memorial, which occupies a fine site in Elmbank Avenue, opposite the Dick Institute, library, and museum, is of a unique character, there being nothing of the same kind in the country. It takes the form of a temple or shrine and is a large and architecturally imposing building of classical design, with a massive bronze statue inside. Around the inner walls are bronze panels embossed with the names of 850 Kilmarnock men who fell in the war. Sculptor`s Gift The memorial was designed by Mr. James Miller, F.R.I.B.A., Glasgow, and the stature is the work of Mr. David M`Gill, the London sculptor, who is a native of Kilmarnock, and who gifted it to the town. The cost of the building was well over £5000. At the unveiling ceremony today the enclosure immediately in front of the memorial was reserved for relatives of the fallen, of whom nearly one thousand were present. On either side of this were large contingents of ex-servicemen and Territorials. After Sir Hugh Trenchard has unloosed the huge Union Jack which covered the gateway of the memorial the buglers of the R.S.F. sounded "The Last Post". The pipers played "The Flowers of the Forest" and the buglers sounded "The Reveille." Handed Over To Council Sir Hugh delivered an impressive address, and afterwards the Kilmarnock Burgh Military Band and the Kilmarnock Musical Club Choir gave a rendering of "The Hallelujah Chorus." On behalf of the War Memorial Committee, Sir Alexander Walker, K.B.E., handed over the memorial to the keeping of the Town Council, and in the absence of Provost Wilson, through illness, Bailie David Orr, Senior Magistrate, accepted custody. At the close of the service hundreds of wreaths were placed inside the memorial, and for hours afterwards there was a large queue of people intent on inspecting the interior of the temple of memory."
  • Kilmarnock Standard 28 May 1927

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