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Memorial details

Memorial type
Pillar / Column
District
Falkirk
Town
Blackness
County
Central
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Messrs Galt & Barr, Architects, Glasgow - WW2 bronze plaque, Messrs. Wm. Roberts and Son, Falkirk, Mr Grierson, Falkirk
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 23 December 1922
    Attended by: Colonel H. M. Cadell Esq. of Grange
  • Dedicated
    Date: 23 December 1922
    Attended by: Rev. William Dundas, B.D., of Abercorn, assisted by Rev. Johnston Oliphant, B.D., Abercorn and Rev. S. E. Easter, St. Ninian's Episcopal Church.
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
82881
Current location

Immediately below the church on a bend
Junction B903 and St Ninian's Way
Blackness
Falkirk
Central
EH49 7NL
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NT 05196 79961
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Square stone pillar on square base on a bend below Blackness Mission Church (formerly Episcopal). There is a stone panel with WW1 names and metal plaque with WW2 names below. Above this panel is a blank black polished stone panel, where there was originally a clock, and another on the back of the memorial.
Inscription
1914 1919 TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF BLACKNESS DISTRICT / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / (WW1 names) - 1939 - WORLD - WAR - 1945 - (WW2 names) "GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN / LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS."
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Blackley, J. G.
Dalrymple, R.
Kemlo, John
Manson, J. L.
Morris, John
Naysmith, W. P.
Paterson, G.
Paterson, J.
Sutherland, J. A.
White, J.
See details for all 10 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 8
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 8
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: rank, initials, surname, regiment
    Order of information: surname, initial
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: forename, surname, regiment
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Pillar
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite - Rubislaw
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Clock
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Condition
History
The granite block and the WW2 plaque were stolen in late January 2012, but subsequently replaced (the Linlithgow Gazette newspaper report of this is no longer available on line)
Costs

Site: Site granted by Episcopal Church authorities.
Memorial: Estimated £200

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=3522&highlight=&mforum=warmemscot
  • West Lothian Courier - Friday 01 June 1956 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0002738/19560601/104/0010 (clock repaired and replaced)
  • Linlithgowshire Gazette - Friday 05 September 1947 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0001908/19470905/045/0005 BO'NESS WELCOME HOME FUND Surplus may be spent on Memorial grounds BLACKNESS PROBLEM A long dlscusslon on how the surplus — approximately £170 - remaining from the Bo'ness Welcome Home Fund ahould be dlspoeed of took place at a meeting over which Councillor John G. Collee, Convener of the Committee, presided in the Burgh Chambers last Thursday evening. ……. PLAQUE FOR BLACKNESS At an earlier stage, the convener had reported that the two plaques, bearing the names of the Bo'ness and Blackness men who made the supreme sacrifice during the second world war, would be ready for delivery at an early date. The cost of the plaques was £145 15s and £28 10s respectively. Authority for the handing over of the Bo'ness plaque to the Town Council, for erection at the War Memorial, was given by the Committee, and considerable discussion centred round the procedure which should be adopted regarding the plaque for Blackness. The convener said that had been unable, despite exhaustive inquiries, to find out who was responslble for the Blackness War Memorial. He thought their best course might be to hand over the plaque to the Blackness Welcome Home Committee, on the understanding that they in turn would deliver to the proper authority or committee who acted as custodians of the Memorial. Judge M'Lean said he thought the proper procedure would be to hand . the plaque over to the District ; Council. The convener said the question of Blackness War Memorial had already been referred to the District. Council, but they had refused to have anything to do with It. District Councillor William Wotherspoon said If the responsible people in Blackness wanted the District Connell to accept responsibility for the War Memorial, he had no doubt that they would be willing to do so. But the request must come from Blackness people. "We have tried to do one or two things down there,* he added, “but we have only got our fingers rapped." It was agreed to adopt the convener's suggestion, and that he, with Councillor Baptle and Mr William Miller, chairman of the District Council, should meet the Blackness Welcome Home Committee on the question.
  • Linlithgowshire Gazette - Friday 25 October 1946 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0001908/19461025/075/0005 BO’NESS WELCOME HOME PLANS Open-Air Religious Ceremony SOUVENIR BOOK Bo'ness Welcome Home Committee, at a largely attended meeting in the Council Chambers on Wednesday evening last week, decided to hold a religious service in the Glebe Public Park on a Sunday still to be fixed to welcome home Service and ex-Service personnel who served in the recent war. It was arranged that at the end of the service, men and women eligible for the committee's gratuity will proceed to the Town Hall where they will receive, in addition to the £2 gratuity, a souvenir book containing a full list of the names on the Roll of Honour and the Service Roll. BRONZE PLAQUES APPROVED Councillor John Collee, convener of the committee, announced that the number of men who made the supreme sacrifice was 116, Including 20 who served in the Merchant Navy. The Service Roll bears the names of 1885 men and women. The committee are arranging to add to the Blackness War Memorial the names of two men from the village who died on active service. The gratuity will be presented to 44 men and women belonging to Blackness and district. The meeting decided, after inspection, to accept artistic designs for two plaques bearing the names of the fallen. These will be fashioned in bronze and will be erected on the east and west sides of the Cenotaph at a level of three feet above the top step. The drawings were prepared by Messrs Galt & Barr, architects. Glasgow, who designed the memorial unveiled in July. 1924.
  • Falkirk Herald - Saturday 30 December 1922 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000468/19221230/136/0005 BLACKNESS WAR MEMORIAL COL. CADELL'S TRIBUTE TO THE FALLEN. UNVEILING OF CLOCK TOWER OVERLOOKING VILLAGE. (photograph of unveiling) The memorial to the gallant sons of Blackness, who fell in the war. takes the form of a beautiful clock lower, erected by the side of the main road leading into the village. And the unveiling ccrmony took place on the afternoon of Saturday last, in presence of relatives the fallen and members of ihe general public.
  • Falkirk Herald - Saturday 16 December 1922 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000468/19221216/357/0001 BLACKNESS WAR MEMORIAL. UNVEILING CEREMONY. The Memorial, erected to the memory of the men of Blackness and district who fell in the War, will be unveiled on SATURDAY, 23rd DECEMBER, at 2.15 p.m. by Col. H. M. CADELL, Esq., of Grange. Dedication by Rev. Wm. DUNDAS, B.D. Carriden., Assisted by Rev. JOHNSTON OLIPHANT, B.D., Abercorn and Rev'. S. E. EASTER, St. Ninian’s Episcopal Church.

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