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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Kyle And Carrick
Town
Coylton
County
Strathclyde
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 19 December 1920
    Attended by: John Sloansenior, who lost 4 sons in the war
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
80663
Current location

A70 junction with the B742 northbound to Annbank
Coylton
Kyle And Carrick
Strathclyde
KA6 6JT
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NS 42320 19861
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Maltese style cross on a highly decorated shaft, which sits on a shallow plinth surmounting a pedestal and a three stage base. The memorial was formerly surrounded by railings (see condition section for details). There is a bronze dedication plaque on the front face, separate bronze plaques on the side faces for the villages of Coylton (2 Plaques) and Rankinston, and a plaque for WW2 below the Rankinston plaque. Coylton Church is also reported to have 2 marble tablets for WW1 either side of the chancel area and a brass plaque for WW2 below the pulpit- but no details are currently available.
Inscription
Cross Shaft 6 o'clock face-ERECTED BY/THE PEOPLE/OF COYLTON/MCMXX Cross Shaft 12 o'clock face-LEST/WE/FORGET Plinth Face 1-RUSSIA/ROUMANIA/ITALY Plinth Face 2-GREECE/MONTENEGRO/PORTUGAL Plinth Face 3-FRANCE/GREAT BRITAIN/BELGIUM Plinth Face 4-SERBIA/U S OF AMERICA/JAPAN Dedication Plaque-IN MEMORY OF THE/MEN OF COYLTON/WHO DIED FOR US/IN THE GREAT WAR/1914-1918 WW1 Plaques 1 & 2-COYLTON DISTRICT/[names in 2 columns] WW1 Plaque 3-RANKINSTON DISTRICT/[names in 2 columns] WW2 Plaque- 1939 [names in 2 columns] 1945
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Ballantine, Thomas
Brown, John
Cavin, William
Clement, David Purdie
Clement, James
Clifford, Thomas
Connell, James
Cook, William
Davidson, James
Graham, Robert
See details for all 64 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 53
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 53
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, home village, decorations
    Order of information: home village THEN surname THEN forename
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 11
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 11
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames
    Order of information: surname THEN forename
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Sandstone
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Sandstone
  • Pedestal
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Fence/ Railing
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wrought Iron
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Condition
History
Demolished in a car accident in 2012, restored and replaced Summer 2014, but without the former railings
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=1391&mforum=warmemscot
  • "She (Mrs Thomson - the minister's wife) has not sufficiently recovered from the effects of the motor accident on 19th Dec 1920 when returning in a motor car from the unveiling of the Coylton War Memorial with the minister who had been taking part in the service. The driver of the car was trying to avoid some dogs suddenly swerved the car to the left when it ran into several people returning from the Memorial Service killing a Mrs Peebles and injuring five or six others and turning turtle with the minister and his wife inside. While Mr Thomson escaped with a few scratches suffering only from shock, Mrs Thomson had her spine staved, a rib broken and her face cut and was not in a state of health even at present to have tradesmen working in the Manse. Mrs Thomson (Jane Maitland Campbell Dodds) never recovered from the injuries she had sustained and died in a Nursing Home in Glasgow on 23rd October 1924."

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