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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cross
District
Cunninghame
Town
Ardrossan
County
Strathclyde
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
Dr Macgregor Chalmers (Architect)
J Jeffrey Waddell (took over from Dr Chalmers after his death) (Architect)
Mr James A Young of Glasgow (Sculptor)
John Inglis of Ardrossan (Builder)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 1 January 1923
    Attended by: Marquess of Ailsa, Lord Lieutenant of the County, Provost McKellar, Chairman of the War Memorial Committee
  • Dedicated
    Date: 1 January 1923
    Attended by: Marquess of Ailsa, Lord Lieutenant of the County, Provost McKellar, Chairman of the War Memorial Committee, Reverend R M Adamson
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Lost
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WM Reference
9776
Current location

South Crescent Road
Ardrossan
Cunninghame
Strathclyde
KA22 8DY
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NS 23341 42087
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Tall Cullaloe freestone cross with Celtic designs at the top, above three narrow heavily-carved panels on the shaft of the cross. The front face of the cross has a plain central boss. The reverse face of the cross has an incised cross with simple Celtic knotwork. The highest and largest panel on the shaft shows 'St Columba' (associated with the introduction of Christianity into Scotland), with a dove and a crozier, and the word 'Religion'. Beneath it is a smaller panel showing two figures identified as (Robert the) 'Bruce' and 'Admiral Wood' (Sir Andrew), the two representing 'War'; with the bottom panel having three figures identified as 'Livingstone' (David), 'Burns' (Robert) and 'Watt' (James), representing 'Peace'. The cross sits atop a plinth with the inscription and bronze plaque with six columns of names. There are three curved steps leading to the plinth, and two curved stone benches radiating from the back of the plinth. The benches have a carved detail of circular Celtic knotwork.
Inscription
THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY AND RECEIVED EACH FOR HIS/ OWN MEMORY PRAISE THAT WILL NEVER DIE AND WITH IT THE NOBLEST SEPULCHRE/ NOT THAT IN WHICH THEIR MORTAL BONES ARE LAID BUT A HOME IN THE MINDS OF MEN/ (names on plaque) (On back of plinth): THINE O LORD IS THE VICTORY
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Adams, John
Adamson, George Addis
Adamson, Robert Thorburn
Alexander, Archibald C L
Anderson, David Shanks
Anderson, George
Ashton, John
Beckett, James Ranand
Bell, Lawrence
Blackwood, John
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Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 149
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 149
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forename, middle initial, surname
    Order of information: Alphabetical by surname
Components
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Cullaloe
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Cullaloe
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Steps
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Base
    Measurements: height c. 3000mm, width c. 3000mm
    Materials: Stone
  • Seat
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
North Ayrshire Council
Reference

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