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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sculptured / Cast group
District
Argyll And Bute
Town
Oban
County
Strathclyde
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Falklands Conflict (1982)
Maker
MR ALEXANDER CARRICK RSA RBS (Sculptor)
JAMES S RICHARDSON (Sculptor)
Messrs Richardson & Mackay, Edinburgh (Architect)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 11 November 1923
    Attended by: Lt.-Col. W. H. Macalpino Leny, D.S.O., of Duror, Commanding the 13th Highland Pack Battery , R.G.A.
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
5983
Current location

start of road to Ganavan Bay
Corran Esplanade
Oban
Argyll And Bute
Strathclyde
PA34
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NM 85239 30982
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Two Highlanders carrying a wounded comrade between them, on a base of rough boulders, a separate WW1 and WW2 laque on each face. Contemporary photographs show that the lettering was not originally was gold, it is not known when this change was made. This is what draws the eye now as you approach the memorial, rather than Carrick's emphasis of the Highlanders against the dramatic mountain backdrop.
Inscription
South Face-MAIRIDH AN CLIU AGUS/ AN AINM GU SIORRUIDH/1914-1918/ (NAMES)/1939-1945/[names] North Face-1914-1918/[names]/1982 FALKLANDS CONFLICT-[NAME] West Face-1914-1918/[names]/1939-1945/[names]
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Black, P A M
Buchanan, A C
Campbell, A
Campbell, G
Christie, J
Cumming, D A
Dunn, J M Mcc
Forbes, D M
Forbes, R
Giffen, J
See details for all 44 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 173
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 173
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment,forename, decorations
    Order of information: regiment then surnane
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 72
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 72
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment,forename, decorations
    Order of information: surname
  • Falklands Conflict (1982)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,regiment,forename, service number, date of death, age
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Figures
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Freestone
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • The Scotsman - Monday 12 November 1923 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000540/19231112/381/0009 OBAN. — The memorial erected to the 173 officers and men of Oban who lost their lives on service during tho war was unveiled by Lt.-Col. W. H. Macalpino Leny, D.S.O., of Duror, Commanding the 13th Highland Pack Battery , R.G.A.. Notwithstanding, a severe storm of wind and rain, nearly the whole, population of Oban turned out to witness the unveiling. The 8th A. and S. Highlanders (Oban Section), with the Oban Pipe Band, the Oban Pack Battery, representatives of tho Scottish Horse and the Navy, the Comrades Club, anil other ex-Service men, and the Boys' Brigade, took part in the ceremony. A dedicatory service was conducted by the clergy of tlie different Presbyterian churches and by the Bishop and Dean of Argyll and the Isles. The momorial is situated on the plateau at the north end of the Esplanade, and faces towards the town, with Dunolly Castle and the Firth of Lorne as a background. Messrs Richardson & Mackay, Edinburgh, were the architects, and the sculptor was Mr Alexander Carrick. A.R.S.A. The memorial consists of a cairn of granite boulders, ten feet in height , surmounted by a sculptured group of two kilted soldiers carrying a wounded comrade, executed in Doddingston freestone.
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • BUILDINGS OF SCOTLAND by GIFFORD, JOHN A&b (2000) P.413 Source: Image Library
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=225&mforum=warmemscot
  • Oban Times 17 November 1923

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