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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
City Of Edinburgh
Town
Edinburgh
County
Lothian
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
8792
Current location

Memorial No. 32 on right side of High Church Section of Cathedral
third of the way in.
194
St Giles' Cathedral
High Street
Edinburgh
City Of Edinburgh
Lothian
EH1 1RE
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NT 25731 73576
Denomination: Church of Scotland

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Description
A convex headed bronze plaque with an inscription in relief. There is a low-relief of a surgeon leaning over a bare-chested soldier depicted at the top of the plaque. Below this is the badge and motto of The Royal Army Medical Corps. A thistle and its leaves are depicted in relief at the base of the plaque. Note that, notwithstanding the newspaper article, the Westminster Abbey memorial is a marble tablet (our reference 85003) and the Golden Book at Westminster Abbey is our reference is our reference 85005.
Inscription
1914 1918 / ROYAL ARMY MEDICAL CORPS / IN MEMORY OF 743 OFFICERS / AND 6130 NON-COMMISSIONED / OFFICERS AND MEN WHO / FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / AND WHOSE NAMES ARE / ENROLLED IN A GOLDEN BOOK / PLACED IN THE CHAPTER HOVSE / WESTMINSTER ABBEY / THEY.LOVED.NOT.THEIR.LIVES / VNTO.THE.DEATH
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: 743 Officers ad 6130 Non-commissioned offices and men are commemorated and whose names are in a book in Westminster Abbey, Chapter House
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: height 1500 mm, width 660 mm
    Materials: Bronze
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Details: Regimental subscription.
Responsibility
St. Giles' Cathedral
Reference
  • From ‘The Scotsman’ - Friday, 1st April 1921, page 4 R.A.M.C. WAR MEMORIAL - REPLICA FOR EDINBURGH Important decisions have now been taken in regard to the memorial which is to commemorate the officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of the Royal Army Medical Corps who were killed in action or laid down their lives otherwise during the Great War. The amount contributed to the memorial fund is £19,328, but £1,566 has been earmarked by donors for families and dependants of the fallen, and this sum will be allocated for administration to the R.A.M.C. Regular and Auxiliary Funds in proportions to be determined by the General Committee The memorial itself will be of an unique character. After consultation with representative officers and other ranks of all branches of the Corps, and with the cordial and generous consent of the Dean and Chapter, the General Committee have resolved to erect a tablet in Westminster Abbey in a suitable position on the wall near to the grave of the Unknown Warrior and also to place in the Chapter House of the Abbey for permanent keeping a golden book containing the names of all the members of the Corps whose services and sacrifices the memorial is designed to commemorate. At the same time replicas of the tablet will be presented to Edinburgh and Dublin to be placed in positions chosen by the city authorities The provision of the memorial in these forms will be the first charge on the unallocated portion of the memorial fund and the balance which probably will be not less than £10,000, will be devoted to the fund now being raised for the restoration of certain portions of Westminster Abbey.

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