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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
Dunfermline
Town
Lochgelly
County
Fife
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
Iraq War (2003-2011), Second World War - civilians, Second World War (1939-1945), First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
MESSRS GARDEN & CO (Builder)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 3 December 1924
    Attended by: Mrs Mary Hynes, whose six sons enlisted, and two were killed and three disabled.
  • Dedicated
    Date: 3 December 1924
    Attended by: Rev. D. M. Aitken, B.D., Church Mount United Free Church; the Rev. R. N. Paton, B.D., Parish Church; and the Rev. R. K. Jones, Lochgelly Episcopal Church
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
8515
Current location

St Serf's Church (formerly MacAinsh Parish Church)
Bank Street
Lochgelly
Dunfermline
Fife
KY5 9AG
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NT 18617 93288
Denomination: Church of Scotland

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Description
CELTIC OBELISK WITH ELABORATE CARVING, WITH WALL SURROUND ON STEPPED BASE OF VARYING HEIGHT. FIRST WORLD WAR NAMES ON TABLETS ON LOWER HALF OF WALL AND SECOND WORLD WAR NAMES ON UPPER HALF. A tablet for Iraq is mounted on the wall to the left. LAURELS OF VICTORY, CROSS, SCOTTISH LION, CROSSED SWORD & FLAG, ARMS OF THE BURGH - ALL ON FRONT FACE
Inscription
On Obelisk: TO THE GLORY/ OF GOD/ IN HONOURED/ MEMORY OF/ THE MEN/ OF LOCHGELLY/ WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES/ FOR FREEDOM/ IN THE/ GREAT WAR Tablets on wall behind Obelisk: (WWI Names) Tablets on wall behind Obelisk: 1939 1945/ (Names) Tablet on wall behind Obelisk: BLACK WATCH IRAQ 2004/ (Name)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abbro, Joe
Addison, Henry
Allan, Andrew
Allardyce, Alexander
Altken, David
Anderson, Andrew
Anderson, John
Anderson, John
Anderson, William
Appleby, David
See details for all 333 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 287
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 287
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, regiment/service, forenames
    Order of information: service/regiment THEN surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 71
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 71
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, forenames, service
    Order of information: service THEN surname
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 3
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 3
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, service
    Order of information: surname
  • Iraq War (2003-2011)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, rank, year of death, regiment, place of death, forenames
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: height 7M, width 10.9M BASE
    Materials: Granite
  • Tablets
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
Condition
History
2004: Plaque added to commemorate Iraq casualty.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
FIFE REGIONAL COUNCIL
Reference
  • Lots of images and full names transcriptions- warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=2783&mforum=warmemscot
  • It is with great regret that the Ministry of Defence has to confirm that Private Kevin Thomas McHale of the 1st Battalion The Black Watch died in a road traffic accident in North Babil province on 29 October 2004. Aged 27, he was single and came from Lochgelly in Fife. He had served five years with the Battalion as a Warrior armoured vehicle driver. This was his second operational tour with The Black Watch in Iraq, having served there during the period of active combat operations in the spring of 2003. He had also served in Kosovo. Our thoughts and prayers are very much with his family at this difficult time. "The Battalion deployed yesterday [29 October] from Shaibah Logistic Base: 600 miles, 800 men, with a great many armoured vehicles and equipment. That operation went off remarkably well, despite the best efforts of the enemy to thwart it. Very sadly, in the last stages of that operation, an accident took place in which Kevin McHale died. Our thoughts are very much with his family at home tonight in Lochgelly in Fife, and in particular with his father Michael, who was a great friend of many in the Battalion. "Private McHale was a great character. He had served for five years with the Black Watch and been in Kosovo, and in Iraq the first time around. He had always been a friend of many; we will miss him deeply." :-Lieutenant Colonel James Cowan, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion The Black Watch.
  • Dunfermline Journal 6 December 1924
  • LOCHGELLY WAR MEMORIAL UNVEILED. – Lochgelly war memorial was unveiled yesterday afternoon in front of the Parish Church in Bank Street, and in presence of a large crowd. The memorial is a rectangular pillar in Scottish baronial style, flanked by panels on which are shown in relief the names of 257 Lochgelly men who lost their lives in the Great War. The whole is of granite, and has a very striking appearance. A large number of ex-Servicemen paraded, under the command of Lieut.-Colonel Macduff. Ex-Provost Paul presided, and an address was given by Sir Ralph Anstruther, Bart., Lord-Lieutenant of the county of Fife. The unveiling ceremony was performed by Mrs Mary Hynes, whose six sons enlisted, and two were killed and three disabled. Mr Robert Small, J.P., Town-Clerk, read the names, and the Chairman formally handed over the memorial to the custody of the Town Council, on whose behalf it was accepted by Provost Bain. The clergymen officiating were the Rev. D. M. Aitken, B.D., Church Mount U.F. Church; the Rev. R. N. Paton, B.D., Parish Church; and the Rev. R. K. Jones, Lochgelly Episcopal Church. Over 80 wreaths were laid on the memorial. The Scotsman, Thursday, 4 December 1924, 5.

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