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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
Dunfermline
Town
Cowdenbeath
County
Fife
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Mr. Andrew Murdoch, Kilcaldy, Mr Andrew Murdoch
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 28 July 1928
    Attended by: Sir Ralph Anstruther Bart. Lord Lieutenant of Fife
  • Unknown
    Date: 20 July 1949
    Attended by: Unknown
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
8512
Current location

North end of High Street on Hill
Memorial Obelisk
High St
Cowdenbeath
Dunfermline
Fife
KY4 9QL
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NT 16423 92167
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Large square obelisk on square plinth, above three-stepped base. Sword and wreath on south face, Latin Crosses on other faces. Obelisk is situated on top of hill, with stepped and paved stairs leading down to road. Names of those honoured on each of the four plinth sides. Commemoration on square plinth above larger one. Lettering in black.
Inscription
IN GRATEFUL HOMAGE TO THE MEN OF THIS TOWN/WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR/1914-1918. ALSO/IN SACRED MEMORY OF/THOSE WHO FELL/IN THE 1939-1945 WAR.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
A, Died
Adams, John
Adamson, William
Adie, David
Aitken, William
Anderson, Frank
Anderson, Henry
Anderson, John
Anderson, Joseph
Anderson, Robert
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Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 264
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 264
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forename, surname
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: depth 2000 mm, height 5600 mm, width 2000 mm
    Materials: Granite
Condition
History
Cowdenbeath Town Council said their was need for repair and cleansing of the Memorial in July 1949. Nothing further on this to indicate it was actually done.
Costs

Site: £1000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Details: Public subscription
Responsibility
Fife Regional Council
Reference
  • warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=2736&mforum=warmemscot
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Dunfermline Journal, 15, Nov. 1926 Dunfermline Press, 4 AUG 1928; Dunfermline Journal, 4 AUG 1928; Dunfermline Journal, 20 July 1949; Central Fife Times, 23, March 2000; Daily Mail, March 20, 2000.
  • The Scotsman, 30 July 1928. COWDENBEATH WAR MEMORIAL UNVEILED.— The Cowdenbeath War Memorial, a granite obelisk set on the North End Hill, was unveiled on Saturday in presence of a large gathering. Mr David Adamson, who presided, explained the reasons for the delay in unveiling the memorial so long after its erection. Sir Ralph Anstruther, Bart., in a short address said that he didn't think the delay had done any harm. They were now able to take a clearer view of the past; they were able to feel that good relationships of the past had been re-established even with those who were their enemies during the war. They were able to feel, also, that the natural grief which must be felt by all at the loss of their dear ones, even in the noblest cause, had been, at all events, to some extent assuaged, and for that reason they could inaugurate that memorial with stout hearts, and without feeling anything but pride in the achievements of those whom they memorialised. Sir Ralph then unveiled the memorial, and the pipe band played a lament, the Last Post being afterwards sounded. The Rev. W. A. Guthrie, Edinburgh, formerly of Cowdenbeath, dedicated the memorial, and its custody was taken over by Provist Blomey on behalf of the town. The first wreath laid on the memorial was one by Mrs Anderson, who had lost three sons in the Great War.

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