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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Clydesdale
Town
Carstairs Junction
County
Strathclyde
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Mr James Buchanan, sculptor, Carluke (Makers)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 12 June 1921
    Attended by: Mrs Allison
  • Dedicated
    Date: 12 June 1921
    Attended by: Rev. Mr R. Meredith Sharpe
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
83412
Current location

The former Carstairs Junction Mission Church
Strawfrank Road / Carnwath Road / Pettinain Road
Carstairs Junction
Clydesdale
Strathclyde
ML11 8RD
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NS 95534 45058
Denomination: Church of Scotland

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Description
Stone cross on tapered plinth and base. This is a Civic, not Church memorial.
Inscription
6 o'clock face-ERECTED/BY THE INHABITANTS OF/CARSTAIRS JUNCTION//IN MEMORY OF/THEIR GLORIOUS DEAD WH0 FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/1914-1919/[names]/NOW SLEEP THE BRAVE, WHO SINK TO REST/BY ALL THEIR COUNTRY'S WISHES BLEST 3 o'clock face-ALSO/IN MEMORY OF//THOSE WHO FELL IN THE/SECOND WORLD WAR/1939-1945/[names]
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Alexander, John
Ballantine, Alexr. G
Barrie, William
Bennett, James L
Broatch, James
Brodie, George
Brownlie, John W
Clark, George
Falconer, David
Gallagher, Hugh
See details for all 18 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 10
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 10
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: rank, forenames, surname, regiment
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 8
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 8
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, service, rank
    Order of information: surname with one added name at the end
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=432&mforum=warmemscot
  • The United Parish of Carstairs and Carstairs Junction www.carstairschurches.btck.co.uk/CHURCHHISTORY/CarstairsJunctionChurchClosure A service to mark the Closure of Carstairs Junction Church took place on Sunday 19th April 2015.
  • Carstairs Junction Church - A Brief History - 1879 - 2006 www.carstairschurches.btck.co.uk/CHURCHHISTORY/CarstairsJunctionChurchHistory
  • Carluke and Lanark Gazette - Friday 17 June 1921 -CARSTAIRS. UNVEILING OF WAR MEMORIAL. -The unveiling ceremony in connection with the memorial erected to the men of Carstairs Junction who fell in the Great War, took place at Carstairs Junction Mission Church. on Sunday evening, in the presence of a large gathering. Those taking part in the ceremony were Captain Walter E. Elliot. M.C.. M.P.. Rev. R. Meredith Sharpe. minister of the Parish, County Councillor and Mrs. Allison, Strawfrank; Mr W. Russell, the Schoolhouse. and members of the Committee. County Councillor Allison presided. The procoedings opened with the singing of the 23rd Psalm, following which Rev. Mr Sharpe engaged in prayer, which voiced the notes of hope and gratitude. Captain Elliot then called upon Mrs Allison to unveil the memorial and amidst impressive silence this was gracefully done by Mrs Allison. Captain Elliot then proceeded to read the names inscribed upon the memorial. which were as follows:-- (names) Following the reading of the names by Captain Elliot, two minutes' silence,. was observed, during which not a sound broke the solemn and profound hush. The silence was terminated by the voice of the Rev. Mr Sharpe as he offered up the dedication prayer with its note of triumph over suffering. and which he concluded with a touching dedication service. The Chairman thereafter called upon Capt. Elliot to address the gathering. Captain Elliot said that was a task which be had been called upon to perform frequently in the past, and repetition did not tend to make the task easier, but only served to make the tragedy of it more dear. As one performed such a task they realised how great had been the sacrifice in the war. Toll had been taken of every district. fifteen here. twenty there, or 120 from some other district. all bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh. who would never walk our red roads again to sport or work: whom we would not have with us again during the day nor yet in the evening. To be reminded of this was as heavy a strain as one could be asked to bear. Yet there was more in such a ceremony than sorrow — more than mere regret. There were things more enduring, which would last longer and burn brighter than these. Time. which heals all things. would lessen the pangs of sorrow, but the pride they felt in the memory of these men would only grow brighter as the years go by. The place on which that Cross good might vanish, the very granite of which it was made turned to dust. but the honour these men hail brought to their country try and the pride of the nation in them would last as long as memory itself, and would remain even if every memorial were to disappear. Ever since Scotland had come to be a nation she had been famed for the unswerving fidelity and stubborn endurance of her sons. That monument. said Captain Elliot. had been erected to the memory of men whose qualities of courage and endurance had been tested by the last terrible test of death and destruction in the fearful crucible of war. and they had not been found wanting. but greater than Scotland had ever shown before. Of them it could be well said in the words of the poet -- The stubborn spearmen still made good. Each stepping where his comrade stood The instant that he fell. The qualities of endurance and courage might seem before the war not to be so great. But during the war they found once more. as had been found through all history. that courage endurance and faithfulness unto death were the great pillar upon which human society was founded. No other great quality could compensate for the lack of courage. These men had again proved the great quality of comradeship, that which will make a man face death for his friends. Having paid a telling tribute to the valour and endurance of the Scottish soldiers at the battle of Loos. Captain Elliot said he observed that the Americans were lifting their dead in France and carrying them home. That could not possibly be done with the dead of Great Britain. They had more dead in France than could ever be removed; their sacred dead must sleep in France,the land they had won for civilisation, the land they had won back with their young lives. The two minutes' silence they had observed that day, said the speaker, served to recall the silence that fell on the world on 11th Novencher, 1918. when the whistles blew and this guns ceased all along the line from the North Sea to the Alps, that roaring. howling. shrieking line where the guns had never beensilent. torn with flame and steel and reeking with poison gas. That was the line in which these men lived in day after day, week after week. month after month. and year after year. Following upon a vivid description of the condition of devasted France. Captain Elliot gave a thrilling portrayal of the dauntless courage of the British trwips when they at last moved forward to break; the German line. Touching upon the problems of reconstruction, Captain Elliot said they had great issues before them still, but these would only be dealt with by that stubborn courage which had broken the German line. They had back amongst them the molten metal from the cannon of war. What were they going to make of it. Was it crowbars to pull the country down or spades to build up. They had the country's future in their hands and could make of it what they would. It must be either the one or the other, hut they must choose and choose soon. He (Captain Elliot) asked them to take a vow with him at that Cross that day. This was that they would do their best to make certain that if they met these men in another world they would he able to look them in the face and say they tried to carry on the work which their sacrifice made possible. A ceremony. which will be long remembered by all present, concluded with the singing of a hymn and the pronouncing of the benediction. Three beautiful wreaths were placed on the memorial by Mr and Mr. Stark. The secretary. Mr W. Russell, is to be warmly congratulated in his excellent efforts in connection with the erection of the memorial and his efficient and well carried out arrangements in connection with the unveiling. The work of County Councillor Allison as convener of the committee and that of the committee themselves. is worthy of the warmest praise. The memorial. which is in the form of a Celtic Cross. is the work of Mr James Buchanan. sculptor. Carluke. and is worthy of being included in this gentleman's best work. The memorial is erected outside the mission church.
  • The Scotsman - Tuesday 14 June 1921 -CARSTAIRS JUNCTION. — The unveiling ceremony in connection with the memorial erected to the men from Carstairs Junction, ten in number, took place at the Mission Church. County Councillor Allison presided, and the unveiling of the memorial, was done by Mrs Allison. An address was given by Captain Walter E. Elliot, M.C., M.P. The memorial is in the form of a Celtic Cross.

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