Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Clydebank
Town
Kilbowie
County
Strathclyde
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Ceremony
  • Placed
    Date: 1919
    Attended by:
Lost
Lost
WM Reference
96521

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Previous locations
  • Main Entrance of the Recreation Hall
    Singer Manufacturing Company Ltd
    Kilbowie
    Clydebank
    Strathclyde
    G1 2RW
    Scotland

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Undefined
Description
Copper panels bearing the inscription, flanked by pilasters within a large oak frame. The top of the frame includes a chain of laurel leaves. (The Company's employees who served in the Armed Forces in WW1 and survived were commemorated on a separate memorial - see our reference 96531).
Inscription
1914 1918/ TO THE MEMORY OF THE EMPLOYEES OF/ THE SINGER MANUFACTURING CO LTD/ WHOSERVED IN THE GREAT WAR AND/ GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THERI COUNTRY/ (names)/ "THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE"
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abbott, Robt.
Adams, Charles
Adams, Charles
Adams, Robert
Ahern, Patrick
Airth, William
Aitken, David
Alexander, John
Allan, John
Allan, Thomas
See details for all 435 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 435
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 435
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forename
    Order of information: Listed alphabetically by surname, in six columns
Components
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Copper
  • Frame
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood - Oak
Condition
History
The Singer Manufacturing Co Ltd Recreation Hall (in which the memorial was placed) was part of the Company's extensive premises at Kilbowie. The factory closed in 1980, and its complex of buildings was demolished in 1998. What became of the memorial to the Company's WW1 casualties is unknown, but no trace of its survival has so far been found.
Costs

Comments: Erected by the Singer Manufacturing Company Ltd

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Corporate
Reference
  • "The Singer memorial, 1914-18 : roll of honour of employees of the Singer Manufacturing Co. Ltd", brochure printed by the Singer Manufacturing Company 1919: 'FOREWORD. In issuing this brochure it is the desire of the Company that the employees may be able to carry to their homes a record, in permanent form, of the devotion displayed by the workers in the Great War. The gallant fighters whose names are here inscribed have fashioned and emblazoned on the scroll of time their own memorials, and yet, while we may not tarnish these by any unworthy endeavour, it is fitting that we should permanently record the names of the employees, who in the seeming hour of the shadow of death proved themselves worthy of the splendid traditions of our manhood. Facing the main entrance of the Recreation Hall, a Roll of Honour consisting of three memorial tablets, made in copper and framed in oak, has been placed. On this Roll are inscribed the names of four hundred and eleven employees who made the supreme sacrifice in the hour of our nation's peril. Within the Hall, and situated on the west wall, are to be found tablets recording the names of two thousand five hundred and eight employees, who also responded to the call of duty and were happily spared. The Memorial will stand for all time as a record of our pride in the men who put all other considerations aside, and came forward to fight for Empire, Right and Freedom. Those who were fortunate enough to survive the storm and stress of battle came through with unshaken faith in the cause for which they fought. It is our earnest hope that in raising this Roll of Honour we may at once hearten them to live up to those grand ideals, and, at the same time, leave a tangible reminder to all of the gallant deeds and services which they rendered mankind. THE SINGER MANUFACTURING CO LTD.' (The number of employees listed on the Company's memorial as having died was actually 435; these included employees from across the UK). archive.org/details/singermemorial191919sing/mode/1up
  • Information about the history of the Company's operation/premises in Scotland can be found at www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/leisure-parks-events/museums-and-galleries/collections/singer/ (The Company also had premises at other sites in the UK, including Newry, Northern Ireland. The Memorial therefore lists the Company's employees from throughout the UK who died).

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