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Memorial details

Memorial type
Roll of honour or book of remembrance
District
City Of Aberdeen
Town
Aberdeen
County
Grampian
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
Brother A. Wood of Aberdeen (Makers)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 7 August 1921
    Attended by: Rev. J. W. Jackson, Minister of the church
  • Dedicated
    Date: 7 August 1921
    Attended by: Rev. J. W. Jackson, Minister of the church
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
81888

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Previous locations
  • Charlotte Street United Free Church
    Charlotte Street
    Aberdeen
    City Of Aberdeen
    Grampian
    Scotland

    OS Grid Ref: NJ 9379 0665
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
1921 newspaper report of unveiling of Mar and Haddo Lodges Rolls of Honour. Church appears to have been demolished so present location unknown at the moment. "The memorial of the Mar Lodge is a large picture oils with the names of the fallen printed in gold letters on a dark background. The whole is surmounted by the emblem of the Order, while each side is draped with the flags of the Allies. On the right side at the picture is the figure of War with a shield, on which is inscribed 1914. On the left slde is the figure of Peace with a shield, bearing the date 1919. At the bottom corner there is a picture of the tanks in action, and at the opposite corner a picture seaplane attack in the North Sea."
Inscription
[unknown]
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Bothwell, Robert
Boyce, Ernest
Boyce, Esplin
Calder, George
Donald, Robert
Dunn, John
Dunn, Robert
Duthie, James
Fraser, Alfred
Garden, George
See details for all 29 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 29
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 29
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames
    Order of information: Undefined
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Aberdeen Press and Journal - Monday 08 August 1921 -SHEPHERDS WHO FELL IN THE WAR. -MAR AND HADDO LODGES.
  • I cannot find out what happened to the memorials after this point. Newspaper reports indicate that St George’s in the West closed as a church around June 1969 and the congregation united with the one in Tillydrone. At the time the unified congregation were meeting in Tillydrone Primary School. The sale of the John Street church was to fund a new building on Hayton Road. This is what became St. George’s Tillydrone Church (apparently Aberdeen’s first triangular church). The dedication of this new church building is reported in the P&J on 13th September 1971 on page 3. Unfortunately there is no mention of war memorials in the description of the new building. So not clear whether they are now in either the Credo Centre or Tillydrone Church (or neither), and no definite date for when the Charlotte Street building was demolished.
  • Aberdeen Press and Journal - Monday 19 April 1937 -MEMORIAL REMOVED FROM CHURCH -GIFTED TO ANOTHER CONGREGATION The problem of disposing of the war Memorial Tablets belonging to Blackfriars Church, which has been by the Aberdeen Town Council is solved by the proposal that they should be placed in St George's-in-the-West Church. This was decided in view of the close relationship between the two churches, and at yesterday's morning service in St George's-in-the-West they were formally handed over by Mr George Low, session clerk of Blackfriars Church, and accepted by Mr John Strachan, session clerk of St George's-in-the-West. The service was conducted by the Rev. Dr Neil Meldrum, minister of the St George's-in-the-West Church, who preached on the subject of memorials "These memorials warn us of what war is and what it will do," he said, "but the world goes by and fingers and does not care. If the nation wants to play with a toy called war they have to pay an awful price for it. These memorials are significant in three ways. They are a clear and distinct proof of the great thing God has done for this country, they are one of the pathetic but glorious facts of human history, and they are finally conclusive proof that war is wrong." . The tablets now bear the added inscription :— "On the dissolution of Charlotte Street (Blackfriars) Church this memorial was willingly proffered to and reverently accepted by this congregation."

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