Memorial details

Memorial type
Pillar / Column
City Of Edinburgh
First World War (1914-1918)
  • Unveiled
    Date: 18 September 1920
    Attended by: Brigadier General R. G. Gordon-Gilmour
Not lost
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Current location

Liberton Cemetery
off Liberton Brae
City Of Edinburgh
EH16 6AF

OS Grid Ref: NT 27373 69519
Denomination: Undefined

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Column with a bronze names plaque on each face. That on the 6 o'clock face has a bronze dedication plaque above it. Originally it was described as a simple Celtic cairn of dressed Cullaloe stone
TO THE GLORY OF GOD/AND IN MEMORY OF/THE MEN FROM THE/DISTRICT OF LIBERTON/WHO DIED IN THE/1914 GREAT WAR 1919 Names Plaque 1-[names Adlam to H Dickson] Names Plaque 2-[names J W Dickson to Lyburn] Names Plaque 3-[names MacAlister to Simpson] Names Plaque 4-[names Smith to Wynne]
Inscription legible?
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 125
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 125
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, initials of forenames, regiment
    Order of information: surname THEN forename
  • Column
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Cullaloe
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Trust fund/Scholarship
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
  • The sculptor Charles Pilkington D'or Jackson's business papers are lodged in the National Library, Edinburgh, Accesssion Number 7445. In Box 1, File 6 there are letters confirming that the memorial was designed by the architect William Davidson. The modelling and bronze work was carried out by Jackson and cast by Messrs. McDonald & Creswick.
  • The Scotsman, Monday 20 September 1920 War Memorials LIBERTON. A memorial to the men of the parish who fell in the war was unveiled on Saturday afternoon at Liberton Cemetery by Mrs Wauchope, Niddrie, in the presence of a large assembly. The memorial consists of a simple Celtic cairn of dressed Cullaloe stone, the names of the fallen, numbering 125, being recorded on four bronze panels, over which the inscription, "To the Glory of God, and in memory of the men from the district of Liberton, who died in the Great War, 1914-1919." The service was presided over by Brig.-Gen. R. G. Gordon-Gilmour who said that the memorial would serve not only to commemorate the valour of those who had fallen, but as an incentive and reminder to future generations to do likewise, and follow their example if ever a similar danger occurred again. The memorial differed from all others near the same spot not to one person who had died in bed full of years, but to a splendid band of men who had dared all, and given their lives for King and country. After the singing of the 46th Psalm, an address was delivered by the Rev. Wm. Main, Trinity College, Edinburgh, who said that the brave men whose sacrifice they were commemorating had been inspired by a love of righteousness, country, and God. The splendid comradeship that the war had called forth was never more needed than in these present days of strife and unrest - the aftermath of war. He appealed for a greater spirit of sacrifice and brotherhood to overcome the difficulties that lie ahead of the nation. During the unveiling ceremony a lament was played by the pipers, and a volley fired by a party of Highland Light Infantry, after which the "Last Post" was sounded on the bugles.

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