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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sculptured / Cast group
District
Skye And Lochalsh
Town
Glenelg
County
Highland
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), First World War - civilians, Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Sir Robert Lormier, Charles Henshaw, Louis Reid Deuchars, Albion Art Foundry LTD, Lady Scott of Eileanreach
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 23 October 1920
    Attended by: Lady Harmood-Banner & Sir John S. Harmood-Banner M.P.
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
6031
Current location

On a promontory about 200 yards West of the Parish Church
Glenelg
Skye And Lochalsh
Highland
IV40 8JT
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NG 80968 19187
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Peace and victory coming to the aid of stricken humanity. Winged female figure holding up a wreath represents victory. Kneeling female figure with arms raised in supplication represents humanity. Kilted highland soldier in tam o shanter and steel helmet and rifle slung, standing at ease with head bowed represents peace. Broken drum and discarded coronet possible symbols of transient glory. Dove preparing for flight. Deuchars took two years to model the group before it was taken to London for casting. During the journey to London the Angel's head was badly damaged and she was given more hair than Deuchars intended in order to cover up the damage.
Inscription
1914 - 1919/ TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN HONOURED MEMORY/ OF THE OFFICERS NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR/ (Names)/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE/ ALSO OF THE FOLLOWING WHO FELL IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945/ (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Cameron, Donald
Cameron, Malcolm
Chisholm, Alastair
Chisholm, Alexander
Fleming, Valentine
Fletcher, Farquhar
Fraser, Donald
Garde, Kenneth
Graham, Murdoch
Hebeler, Roland Stuart
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Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 15
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 15
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, rank, regiment, forename
    Order of information: Rank
  • First World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forename, rank, service
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 4
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 4
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, rank, regiment, forename
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Figures
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Fence/ Railing
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wrought Iron
  • Gate
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wrought Iron
Condition
History
War Memorials Trust Work-In 2009, a grant of £3078 was offered for conservation and repair of the Memorial through the Small Grants Scheme in Scotland. Particular attention was required to the bronze inscription plaques as there was a loss of their original patina, possibly as a result of the memorials environment, but also possibly as a result of inappropriate cleaning methods. This resulted in the plaques having a green surface corrosion as the patina acts to protect the bronze beneath. Therefore, to address this, the bronze plaques were cleaned with soft non-metallic brushes, wooden spatulas, and steam as necessary, and tests were carried out to establish the appropriate solvent to use to remove the old wax on the plaques. The corrosion on the plaques was removed by hand. The plaques were re-patinated, a microcrystalline wax was applied and they were polished. One of the plaques had a dent in it, possibly a result of vandalism; but it proved too difficult to correct this. Joints around the plaques were raked out by hand and re-pointed with hydraulic lime mortar to make sure water was not being allowed in to the structure or behind the plaques. In April 2017, a grant of £1,710 was offered through the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund to support a conservation-accredited professional advisor to undertake a survey and condition report on the memorial. The memorial has complex issues with its stonework which has historically been painted. The report developed a clear Specification of Works to be undertaken to conserve and repair the memorial. That Specification formed the basis of the next phase of work which in January 2018 was awarded a further grant. Works included the removal of paint with the method confirmed after test samples to identify the approach that caused least damage to the stonework. Areas of stone were repaired after petrograhic testing of the existing stone. These tests were designed to identify the type of stone and ensure any new stone introduced through the repairs was a chemical match to minimise the chance of a new stone type interacting negatively with the current material and increasing the speed of weathering. People are often unaware of the diversity of stone types and the impact that undertaking repairs with the wrong type of stone can have. The memorial was also re-pointed. Alongside this the bronze work was cleaned, the railing re-painted and some minor landscaping work undertaken. A Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund grant of £11,650 supported the works. As part of the In Memoriam 2014 initiative the metal elements were also protected with SmartWater to deter theft.
Costs

Memorial: £2560 13s 6d

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Responsibility
The Highland Council via RBLS
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=2350&mforum=warmemscot
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • BLAIRGOWRIE ADVERTISER: 26.05.1917 GLENSHEE The many friends of Mr Robert Fleming, financier, a native of Glenshee, will regret to hear that his elder son, Major Valentine Fleiming, M.P., has been killed in action. Born 35 years ago at Newport, Fife, before Mr Fleming removed from Dundee to continue his financial career in London, Major Fleming, along with his brother, Major Philip Fleming, who is serving in the same regiment in France, assisted his father in the development of his great business. He enetered the House in 1910 as a Unionist member for South Oxfordshire, and was a popular, though unobtrusive member of the party. Major Fleming had been serving since the early days of the war. He was home on leave quite recently, and attended the private sittings of the Commons. It was his intention to resign his seat in Parliament at a convenient early opportunity. His uncle, Sir John Fleming, also a Glenshee native, the new member for South Aberdeen, has three sons on active service.
  • More on Valentine Fleming- 1 of the WW1 casualties-Born in Fife, Scotland, Valentine Fleming was the son of wealthy Scottish banker Robert Fleming, founder of merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co. He was married to Evelyn Ste Croix Fleming (née Rose) and was the father of Peter Fleming, Ian Fleming (the novelist who wrote the James Bond books), Richard Fleming and Michael Fleming. From 1906 to 1911, the family lived at Braziers Park close to Wallingford. On election to parliament, they moved to Pitt House on Hampstead Heath in 1910. He was a Member of Parliament for Henley from 1910 to 1917. In 1914 they built a house at Arnisdale, near Kyle of Lochalsh in the Scottish Highlands. In 1914, Valentine joined the Oxfordshire Yeomanry, rising to the rank of Major. During World War I, he wrote to close friend Winston Churchill in 1914. The following is an excerpt: Imagine a broad belt [of land], ten miles or so in width, stretching from the Channel to the German frontier near Basle, which is positively littered with the bodies of men…in which farms, villages, and cottages are shapeless heaps of blackened masonry; in which fields, roads and trees are pitted and torn and twisted by [artillery] shells... He was killed by German bombing in Gillemont Farm area, Picardy, France on May 20, 1917. For his service, Valentine was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Fleming's obituary was written by Churchill.
  • Dundee-Courier and Advertiser, Thursday 21 October 2004
  • Buildings of Scotland by Gifford, John H & I (1992), pp. 46, 535, pl.59 Source: Image Library
  • Journal: Western Ross Life, Issue 12. Article by Louise Boreham.
  • Scots Magazine June 2004
  • War Memorials Trust WM3060 www.warmemorials.org/search-grants/?gID=510

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