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Current location

59a
Avendale Old Parish Church
Kirk Street
Strathaven
East Kilbride
Strathclyde
ML10 6LB
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NS 70214 44312
Denomination: Church of Scotland

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Description
Sandstone Tablet for WW1 in,the former doorway of the clock tower on the external wall of the church, with a marble tablet for WW2 below. At the arched head of the sandstone tablet, which records the roll of honour of congregational members who were ‘killed in action’ and those who ‘died on service’ during the First World War, there is a relief carving depicting a thistle, saltire and crown. Below is a relief carved angel. Discussions about the creation of the war memorial by the Kirk Session took place in December 1919 and as a result suggestions were sought. In January 1920 it was decided that the war memorial should take to form of a tablet replacing the existing front door of the church and that a new access should be formed. In April 1920 the form of the memorial was agreed, the cost was estimated to be £285.00. The designs by Architect James MacMillan Fairley of Leadbetter, Fairley and Reid of Young Street, Edinburgh were then formally agreed by the congregational board a week later on the 20th April. It was also agreed that a collection should be taken up in the parish and this raised £270.17.6. The original drawings survive and are available on the Royal Commission on the Ancient and the Historical Monuments of Scotland Canmore archive.
Inscription
1914 PRO PATRIA 1918//TO THE GLORY OF GOD/AND IN REMEMBRANCE/OF THE MEN OF AVENDALE PARISH CHURCH/WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR/KILLED IN ACTION/[20 names]/DIED ON SERVICE/[6 names]/THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE// ALSO IN GRATEFUL MEMORY/OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-1945/[names]/WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Anderson, James G
Anderson, Wiliam
Anderson, William
Brown, David S
Campbell, Findlay C
Cochrane, James
Crozier, James
Cullen, Robert W
Cunningham, Robert
Donald, William
See details for all 31 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 26
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 26
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, rank, regiment, manner of death
    Order of information: manner of death THEN surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 4
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 4
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, service
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,forename, service
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • First World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Sandstone
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble
Condition
History
In 2014 War Memorials Trust offered a grant of £788 for conservation and repair works. Due to surface soiling and the deterioration of the paint, the Second World War inscription was becoming hard to read. To address this issue following cleaning, using water and a natural bristle brush, the lead letters were re-painted using an oil based paint. In addition to prevent the ingress of water into the structure of the memorial, which was causing damage to the nature stone, the open and defective construction joints around the tablets and within the decorative carved border where re-pointed with a lime based mortar. While the original proposals for work included work to locally deepen/sharpen eroding incised lettering on the sandstone tablet the decision was taken not to undertake this work due to the risk of damage it could cause due to the poor condition of the stone.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference

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