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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
Stirling
Town
Plean
County
Central
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 6 August 1922
    Attended by: General Sir Charles Munro, Bart., K.C.B., who commanded the Sixth Division in France.
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
69457
Current location

On traffic island on road entering small housing estate.
Junction of Loanfoot Gardens and Main Street
Plean
Stirling
Central
FK7 8BY
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NS 83229 87559
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Tapered granite obelisk mounted on concrete base. Base featured triangular pediment, set upon rustic step. Raised lettering in black.
Inscription
PRO PATRIA / 1914-1918 / (Names) / 1939-1945 / (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Aitken, Robert
Allan, James
Anthony, James
Bowers, Thomas
Carruthers, John
Choy, David
Clark, James
Clunie, James
Clusker, Duncan
Clusker, Peter
See details for all 77 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 59
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: forename, surname
    Order of information: surname THEN forename
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 18
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: forename, surname
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Concrete
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Concrete
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=1302&mforum=warmemscot
  • Linlithgowshire Gazette - Friday 11 August 1922 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0001907/19220811/062/0004 WAR MEMORIAL AT PLEAN. General Monro’s Trlbute to Scottlsh Troops On Sunday afternoon there wae unveiled in j the village of Plean memorial to the men | belonging to it who made the supreme sacritice in the Great War. The memorial takes the form of a tapering granite pillar erected on a concrete base in a triangular piece of ground fronting the new houses on the Edinburgh Road. Mr Wallace Thorneycrof,. of the Plean Colliery Company, presided at the unveiling ceremony, which was performed by General Sir Chas. Munro, Bart., K.C.B., in presence of a large concourse of people from the surrounding district. The ex-servicemen paraded under Captain Thorneycroft, and other bodies, present were the Boy Scouts, the Boys’ Brigade, and the Girl Guides. The company present included Major and Mrs Monro of Auchenbowie; Mrs and Bolton of West Plean; Captain lan Bolton and Miss Bolton; Mrs and Miss Thomeycroft, Mrs Archdale, Mr and Mrs .John Edmond of Gallamuir: Mr and Miss Binnie, Plean Farm; Mr and Mrs Robert Forrester, Stirling; Dr Morrison, Bannockburn; the Rev. W. T. P. Macdonald, Plean; and the Rev. A. Millar Marshall, Cowie. Mr Thorneycroft, who presided, mentioned that the great majority o! the 57 men names were recorded on the memonal enlisted voluntarily in the early days of the war. They met that afternoon under the shadow of a great, disaster at the colliery, and he could assure them that the spirit of generous self-sacrifice was as keen to-day among the miners as ever it was.
  • Dundee Evening Telegraph - Monday 07 August 1922 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000563/19220807/078/0006 Dedicated to the memory of the 57 men of the village and district who fell in the war, Plean memorial has been unveiled by General Sir Charles Munro, Bart., K.C.B., who commanded the Sixth Division in France.
  • From 'The Scotsman', Monday 7th August 1922, Page 6 GENERAL SIR CHARLES MONRO AT PLEAN Tribute to Scottish Troops The village of Plean near Stirling, which some time ago was associated with a mining disaster, at which 12 mean lost their lives, unveiled a memorial yesterday afternoon to it's heroes of the war. The memorial taked the form of a tapering granite pillar erected on a concrete base in a triangular piece of ground fronting the new houses on the Edinburgh Road. Mr. Wallace Thorniecroft; of the Plean Colliery Company, presided at the unveiling ceremony, which was performed by General Sir Charles Monro, Bart., K.C.B., in presence of a large concourse of people from the surrounding district. The ex-servicemen paraded under Captain Thorniecroft, and other bodies present were the Boy Scouts, the Boys' Brigade, and the Girl Guides. The company present included Major and Mrs. Monro of Auchenbowie; Mrs. and Miss Bolton of West Plean; Mrs. and Miss Thorneycroft, Mrs Archdale, Mr. & Mrs. John Edmond of Gallamuir; Mr. & Miss Binnie, Plean Farm; Mr. & Mrs. Robert Forrester, Stirling; Dr. Morrison, Bannockburn; the Rev. W.T.P. MacDonald, Plean; and the Rev A. Millar Marshall, Cowie. Mr. Thorneycroft, who presided, mentioned that the great majority of the 57 men whose names were recorded on the memorial enlisted voluntarily in the early days of the war. They met that afternoon under the shadow of a great disaster at the colliery, and he could assure them that the spirit of generous self-sacrifice was as keen to-day among the miners as ever it was. Achievments of Scottish Regiments General Monro addressed the gathering. he said eight years almost to a day had passed since Great Britain awoke out of the slumber induced by trust in the pledges and promises of a foreign nation. The Empire was not prepared for war, and did not desire war, whereas the nation with which we came in conflict had been preparing assiduously for the day when she would join issue with us. While we were too near the picture to see it in its right perspective, we knew the vision about the early days of the war to enable us to appreciate the wonderful spirit that animated our men and women; and this country of ours made a most magnificent effort. From forge, from factory, from farm, and from shop the men came forward. The came with a high purpose; they saw the call of righteousness, the call of duty, the call of honour, and they never wavered. The history of the war of the British Empiore comprised in a large degree the achievements of our Scottish regiments, and in this last struggle, in every part of the globe where it raged, they found Scottish units in the forefront. It was his good fortune to be associated with some of the greatest of the Scottish regiments at the very beginning - namely, the Highland Light Infantry, the Cameron Highlanders, and the Black Watch. Later on in Gallipoli it was equally his good fortune to be associated with the Lowland Territorial Division, the Scottish Horse, Lovat's Scouts, and other individual regiments; and later on, in France, with the Highland Territorial Divison, and with these two magnificent divisions of Kitchener's Army, the 9th and the 15th, who behaved with superb courage at the Battle of Loos. If he might be permitted to mention one more individual unit he would refer to his long association with the Glasgow Highlanders, a magnificent regiment, which combined to a large extent all the qualities of the Scottish race. Indeed, Scotsmen had every reason to be proud of their representatives in all these fields of battle, and therefore it was fitting that they should come there that day to unveil a memorial, as worthy as could be, of their great achievements. It was said sometimes that memorials were not needed to these men, who unfaltering devotion to duty brought distinction to our arms. His reply was that that it was highly necessary they should do all they could, by memorials or otherwise to keep before the younger generation the fine courage shown by those who came before them and to set them a high ideal. They sympathised with those whom the war had bereft, and hoped that they would retain the solemn pride in those whom Providence decreed should not return. he hoped that the influence of these men would remain with us and help us to advance the welfare, the honour, and the prosperity of this country, of which they were all so proud. At the close of the address General Monro unveiled the memorial. Lady Monro placed the first wreath, and her action was followed by many relatives of the deceased.

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