Memorial details

Memorial type
Other memorial
Kincardine And Deeside
Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians, First World War (1914-1918)
  • Dedicated
    Date: 20th May 1923
    Attended by: Rev. Dr. D. G. Barron. O.B.E., Dunnotar Parish Church
  • Rededicated
    Date: 20 May 2023
    Attended by: The Hon. Charles A Pearson, The Lord Lieutenant of Kincrdenshire, Alistair Macphie, George Craig MBE, Clergy, Massed bands, RBL, parishioners
  • Unveiled
    Date: 9th November 1947
    Attended by: Provost Ramsay
  • Unveiled
    Date: 20th May 1923
    Attended by: Viscountess Cowdray of Dunecht & Dunnotar
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Current location

Summit of Black Hill
off A92
Kincardine And Deeside
AB39 2TJ

OS Grid Ref: NO 87766 84875
Denomination: Undefined

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A large sandstone, circular ruined Doric temple with eight pillars, raised on three high steps of rustic blocks. The commemoration and names of the WWI dead are listed on a dressed grey granite stone with a pinkish hue which stands in the centre of the paved enclosure which is entered into via a wide stair and wrought iron gate. On the inner wall of the enclosure are set four additional granite tablets listing the names of the WWII dead. The monument stands and is clearly visible from the distance above the road on a headland south of the village.
Inscribed on the external faces of the lintel stones: SOMME - MARNE - ZEEBRUGGE - GALLIPOLI - JUTLAND Inscribed on the internal faces of the lintel stones are: 'ERECTED BY THE PEOPLE OF STONEHAVEN AND DISTRICT' Inscribed above the entrance: A TRIBUTE 1914 TO THEIR DEAD 1919 ONE BY ONE DEATH - CHALLENGED THEM - ONE BY ONE THEY - SMILED IN HIS - GRIM VISAGE - AND REFUSED - TO BE DISMAYED Inscribed above the WWII tablets: NORMANDY BEACHES - NORTH ATLANTIC - DUNKIRK - BURMA - NARVIK - BATTLE OF BRITAIN - EL ALAMEIN - CASSINO
Inscription legible?
Names on memorial
Adams, James
Allan, Charles S
Anderson, J Fraser
Annandale, Fred N
Annnadale, Charles J
Aymer, Alfred I
Balneaves, Frank W
Barclay, Robert
Beattie, George
Beattie, William E
See details for all 211 names
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 36
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 36
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, rank, service
    Order of information: surname
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 12
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 12
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, service
    Order of information: surname
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 163
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 163
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, rank, service, decorations
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • Building
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • Stone of remembrance
    Measurements: height 7 ft
    Materials: Undefined

Comments: Lady Cowdray presented the Provost with a charter entitling the community of Stonehaven to the the site of the memorial for all time and gave a "handsome" donation to the funds.

Trust fund/Scholarship
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
  • Back in the Day Mearns - June 2009 - pg.28 - 'Memories set in stone'
  • Dundee Courier - Monday 10 November 1947
  • Aberdeen Press and Journal - Monday 21 May 1923 STONEHAVEN AND DISTRICT HONOUR THEIR DEAD HEROES Memorial Unveiled by Lady Cowdray (photographs of ceremony) (list of names)
  • Dundee Courier - Saturday 19 May 1923 STONEHAVEN WAR MEMORIAL (photograph)
  • Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin review; and Forfar and Kincardineshire advertiser. - Friday 23 March 1923 STONEHAVEN WAR MEMORIAL
  • Aberdeen Press and Journal - Thursday 13 October 1932 STONEHAVEN'S WAR MEMORIAL. Damage to Names Not as Great as Was Believed. Following upon statements at a meeting of Stonehaven Town Council on Tuesday alleging that the Stonehaven War Memorial had been the subject of desecration and malicious damage, a "Press and Journal" representative yesterday visited the memorial to investigate the mischief done. Although it is unfortunate that a monument erected in commemoration of the sons of the burgh who gave their lives the Great War should suffer even the slightest defacement, it was found yesterday that the damage done was of minor nature and obviously the work of children. In Good Repair. Standing on the summit of the Black Hill overlooking the bay of Stonehaven, the Memorial, built several years after the War, is in a state of good repair. The Roll of Honour is inscribed in raised lead letters on a large four-sided granite tablet, and a number of these letters, about thirty in all, have been battered and misshapen. It was observed that none of the letters interfered with is beyond the reach of small children, who, armed with stones, could easily have defaced the soft metal by light blows. Only two letters have been wholly removed, but in no case is a name unreadable. Children's Playground. During the suruner months the hill on which the memorial stands is open the schoolchildren, many of whom play there. No complaint has ever been lodged with the police regarding the matter. Quite a number of Stonehaven people, relatives of men who fell in the War, alarmed by the statements that namas had been obliterated, went to the Memorial yesterday, and all expressed relief that the damage was not as great as they had thought.
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • Leopard Magazine - War Memorial pg.34 - 'A Memorable Memorial' - Auth. Martin Sim

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