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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
City Of Edinburgh
Town
Edinburgh
County
Lothian
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 21 July 1925
    Attended by: Sir Lionel Earle KCB KCVO CMG
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
64466
Current location

The gardens are situated off the A902. There is also an entrance at Arboretum Place. The memorial is in the entrance to the laboratory.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Inverleith Row
Edinburgh
City Of Edinburgh
Lothian
EH3 5LR
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NT 248 755
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Two rectangular plaques with incised inscription and decorative laurel leaf border. Both plaques have the names in one list. The Second World War plaque is mounted below the First and is smaller in size.
Inscription
TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE STAFF OF THE/ ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918/ (Names)/ IT WAS THE LAST WISH OF SIR ISAAC BAYLEY BALFOUR K.B.E. F.R.S. REGIUS KEEPER FROM MARCH 1888/ TO MARCH 1922, THAT THIS MEMORIAL SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE LABORATORY, BY HIS WIFE AGNES/ BAYLEY BALFOUR, AND HIS DAUGHTER SENGA AGLEN. THEY DEDICATE IT TO HIS MEMORY ALSO.//ALSO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LOVES/IN THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adam, Jas. C
Adam, Thomas
Aird, Thomas
Bennett, Wm. F
Blackmore, Geo.
Brown, J M
Caltier, Andrew E
Coutts, Duncan
Dickson, Wm. C
Fairbairn, Harvey O
See details for all 28 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 20
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 20
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 8
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 8
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brass
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brass
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Other
Responsibility
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Reference
  • Scottish War Memorials Project warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warmemscot-post-51683.html
  • Our Blog ukniwm.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/lost-gardeners/
  • The Scotsman 22 July 1925 - BOTANIC GARDENS WAR MEMORIAL. Sir Lionel Earle, K.C.B., K.C.V.O., C.M.G., Secretary of H.M. Office of Works, yesterday afternoon unveiled a memorial tablet to the twenty members of the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens staff who gave their lives, in the Great War. The tablet is in the entrance hall of the laboratory. About a hundred relatives and members of the staff were present. Sir Lionel Earle said the memorial served a double purpose. Firstly, it was a lasting testimony to the members of the staff who sacrificed their lives for the great cause; and, secondly, it was a memorial to Sir Isaac Bayley-Balfour, late botanist, administrator, and agriculturist, who did so much for the Botanic Gardens. It had been Sir Isaac's last wish that a memorial to these men be placed in the entrance hall. The Rev. E. C. Houlston, B.D., officiated at the service, which concluded with the sounding of the "Last Post."

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