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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Lochaber
Town
Invergarry
County
Highland
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Mr William. Linn, structural engineer, Glasgow
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: c 13 October 1922
    Attended by: The Mackintosh of Mackintosh, Cameron of Lochiel,
  • Dedicated
    Date: c 13 October 1922
    Attended by: Local Ministers and the Abbot of Fort Augustus Abbey, Major Ellice
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
69589
Current location

on a verge overlooking the bridge over the river at the entrance to the Glengarry Castle Hotel
Old A82
Invergarry
Lochaber
Highland
PH35 4HL
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NH 31357 01167
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Rustic rectangular rock set upright at the centre of a curving dry stone wall. Dedication set in gold lettering on a black granite tablet set into the centre of the wall and flanked by two pillars with capping stones bearing the dates 1914-1918. Between the upright rock and the Roll of Honour tablet, between the two date stones, is a granite block, bearing lines of poetry from Longfellow. In the 2007, 2010 and 2012 images on the 'warmescot' reference this can be seen to be so eroded as to be barely legible, unless standing an inch or two away. It can still just be made out in Image 13 at the end of this report, as just legible. The full poem is given in the references.
Inscription
On granite slab between the date stones-'In the world's great field of battle / Trust no future however pleasant/In the bivouac of life / Let the dead best bury its dead/Be not like the dumb driven cattle / ACT ACT in the living present Be a hero in the strife / Heart within and God o'erhead GLENGARRY/ ROLL OF HONOUR/ (Names)/ 1939-45/ (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Cameron, D A
Cameron, P
Campbell, J
Ellice, Alexander
Ellice, A R
Ellice, W
Grant, D
Macbain, A
Macdonald, A
Macdonald, D
See details for all 25 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 20
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 20
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Rank, initials of forenames, surname, regiment
    Order of information: Regiment THEN rank THEN forename
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 5
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Rank, initials of forenames, surname, regiment, decorations
    Order of information: Regiment
Components
  • Stone of remembrance
    Measurements: height 11 ft, width 7 ft
    Materials: Granite
  • Wall
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Black
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
Condition
History
2018: Memorial has been cleaned as part of Highland Council's preparations for the WW1 centenary. Now wheelchair access to the upper part; 2008-Wall rebuilt
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=2290&mforum=warmemscot
  • Full text of the Longfellow poem- The inscription is from American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1838 poem "A Psalm of Life" From: www.potw.org/archive/potw232.html WHAT THE HEART OF THE YOUNG MAN SAID TO THE PSALMIST TELL me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream ! — For the soul is dead that slumbers, And things are not what they seem. Life is real ! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal ; Dust thou art, to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul. Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, Is our destined end or way ; But to act, that each to-morrow Find us farther than to-day. Art is long, and Time is fleeting, And our hearts, though stout and brave, Still, like muffled drums, are beating Funeral marches to the grave. In the world's broad field of battle, In the bivouac of Life, Be not like dumb, driven cattle ! Be a hero in the strife ! Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant ! Let the dead Past bury its dead ! Act,— act in the living Present ! Heart within, and God o'erhead ! Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us Footprints on the sands of time ; Footprints, that perhaps another, Sailing o'er life's solemn main, A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, Seeing, shall take heart again. Let us, then, be up and doing, With a heart for any fate ; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait.
  • Kirkintilloch Herald - Wednesday 18 October 1922 Description of dedication etc

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