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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Moray
Town
Charlestown of Aberlour
County
Grampian
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 24 September 1921
    Attended by: Duke of Richmond and Gordon, K.G., Lord-Lieutenant of the counties of Banff and Moray
  • Rededicated
    Date: 5 June 2011
    Attended by: Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire. Sir Alistair Irwin, War Graves Commissioner and President of ROyal British Legion, Scotland.
  • Dedicated
    Date: 24 September 1921
    Attended by: Rev. A. Drummond Duff
  • Show More (2)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
8642
Current location

In front of the Parish Church
The Square
A95
Charlestown of Aberlour
Moray
Grampian
AB38 9PW
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NJ 26587 42953
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Six sided stucture in the form of an ancient mercat cross, on a three stage base, surmounted by pillar bearing a heraldic lion. There are three granite inset tablets for World War One and one for World War Two. "The memorial takes the form of ancient market cross, and is of a hexagonal shape. is built of freestone, upon a granite base of three flights steps. The whole is surmounted by a granite column supporting a Scottish Lion Rampant. The three of the five panels are of polished Peterhead granite, and bear the names of the fallen, while the sixth side takes the form of an oak studded door, which gives access to the stairway leading to the platform of the memorial."
Inscription
Tablet 1: ERECTED IN THE MEMORY OF THOSE FROM THIS/ PARISH WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR./ 1914-1919/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE/ (Names) Tablet 2: (Names) Tablet 3: (Names) Tablet 4: AND THOSE WHO FELL IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ (Names)/ THEY DIED FOR LIBERTY THEY DIED FOR US/ THEY ARE AT REST
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Austin, John
Bain, John
Brain, Ernest
Calder, Ernest
Cameron, George
Cameron, Robert
Carey, Gordon H M
Chalmers, James
Cruikshank, Colin
Cummins, Lewis R
See details for all 84 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 63
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 63
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forenames, rank, regiment, home village, decorations
    Order of information: Alphabetically
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 21
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 21
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forenames, rank, service, decorations
    Order of information: Alphabetically
Components
  • Column
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Local
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Aberdeen Press and Journal - Monday 26 September 1921 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000576/19210926/009/0003 … The memorial takes the form of ancient market cross, and is of a hexagonal shape. is built of freestone, upon a granite base of three flights steps. Hie whole is surmounted by a granite column supporting a Scottish Lion Rampant. The three of the five panels are of polished Peterhead granite, and bear the names of the fallen, while the sixth side takes the form of an oak studded door, whioh gives access to the stairway leading to the platform of the memorial. ...
  • Moray SMR - NJ24SE0054 - ABERLOUR WAR MEMORIAL online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/smrpub/master/detail.aspx?tab=main&refno=NJ24SE0054
  • Canmore ID 192655 Aberlour, The Square, War Memorial canmore.org.uk/site/192655/aberlour-the-square-war-memorial
  • The Scotsman - Tuesday 27 September 1921 www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000540/19210927/055/0010 ABERLOUR MARKET CROSS UNVEILED BY DUKE OF RICHMOND AND GORDON. Aberlour war memorial was unveiled by the Duke of Richmond and Gordon in presence of a gathering of over 2000 drawn from all parts of Middle Strathspey. Following the laying of the foundation stone with Masonic rites, Mr J. W. H. Grant of Elchies, superior of the burgh, introduced the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, His Grace said he would not prophesy when the time would come when they could shake hands cordially with Germany, but he knew it could not be in the immediate future. That memorial would stand for all time as a record of duty nobly done, and in years to come it would be an inspiration to the coming generations. It also emphasised their feelings towards those who laid down their lives. His Grace then performed the unveiling ceremony, and Sir John R. Findlay, K. B. E. of Aberlour, thanked the Duke for his presence there that day. The memorial, which takes the form of a market cross, bears sixty-two names.

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