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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Lerwick
Town
Lerwick
County
Shetland
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians, First World War - civilians
Maker
SIR ROBERT LORIMER, Charles Henshaw, Alexander Macdonald & Co, William Horne
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 6 Jan 1924
    Attended by: Mrs Thomas Hardy, who had lost 3 sons
  • Dedicated
    Date: 6 Jan 1924
    Attended by: Revd Archibald MacIntyre
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
6070
Current location

outside Shetland Council Offices
Hillhead
Lerwick
Lerwick
Shetland
ZE1 0HB
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: HU 47458 41413
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Latin cross on square column, and 3 bases. The whole is on a cruciform base. Each angle of this base hold two panels. The memorial rests on an elevated cobbled platform. In the cobbled platform is the VC commemorative stone for Lieutenant William Bruce VC, VC action on 19th December 1914. He is not on the memorial as he was then living in Edinburgh. Some sources incorrectly state that he was born in Edinburgh. There are bronze panels on 2 separate walls for WW2. The WW2 walls were added c 1970. Each wall has a simple dates plaque at top centre The Column has a Sword of Sacrifice on the front face, a lion rampant, a Norse longship, a St Andrew's Cross and a thistle are on the 4 faces (one on each face). On the 6 o'clock face between the 2 plaques is the main dedication inscribed into stone. and a bronze plaque for the WW2 dedication below. The memorial is also known as the Zetland County Memorial.
Inscription
6 o' clock face-IN/ MEMORY/ OF THE/ MEN OF/ SHETLAND/ WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES/ IN THE/ GREAT WAR 6 o'clock face plaque-ALSO IN MEMORY OF/THOSE/WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN/THE/SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-1945 (base of cross on 12 o'clock & 6 o'clock faces- 1914-1919 (base of cross on 3 o'clock & 9 o'clock faces-LEST WE FORGET On each WW2 wall - 1939-1945
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abernethy, James M
Aitken, Geo. S
Aitken, J J
Aitken, John
Aitken, John W
Aitken, Thomas
Anderson, And.
Anderson, Andrew W
Anderson, A R
Anderson, C B
See details for all 984 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 517
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 517
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: parish where lived, surname, forenames, service, decorations
    Order of information: parish where lived THEN surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 100
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 100
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: parish where lived, surname, forenames, service
    Order of information: parish where lived THEN surname
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 259
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 259
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: parish where lived. surname, forenames, service
    Order of information: parish where lived THEN surname
  • First World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 119
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 119
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: parish where lived , surname, forenames, service
    Order of information: parish where lived THEN surname
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: height 1160mm, width 800mm
    Materials: Bronze
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: depth inset, height 1160mm, width 800mm
    Materials: Bronze
  • Wall
    Measurements: depth 510mm, height 2370mm, width 2350mm
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Wall
    Measurements: depth 610mm, height 2370mm, width 3420mm
    Materials: Stone
  • Tablet
    Measurements: depth inset, height 2160mm, width 560mm
    Materials: Stone
  • Plaque
    Measurements: depth 10mm, height 155mm, width 740mm
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plaque
    Measurements: depth 10mm, height 90mm, width 700mm
    Materials: Bronze
Condition
Costs

Comments: There was a balance of £18 in the funds.
Memorial: £2,547

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Details: Subscription lists are in the local press starting on 8th May 1920, which is available on microfilm at Shetland Archives. They list every contributor with address.
Reference

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