Scotland`s War Memorials
I have a large collection of War Memorial images, both in the UK and abroad and this section is due to be revamped with memorials listed in their respective regional locations etc*
Lossiemouth's War Memorial was unveiled in 1922. It`s built into a rock face in Pitgaveny Street, opposite the spot where the town's railway station once stood. The line to Elgin closed in the 1960s but the prominent site would have been passed by anyone leaving or entering the station. The sculptor was Percival (Percy) Herbert Portsmouth (1874-1953) whose other projects include the sculpture of the `Survival of the Spirit` on the facade of the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle (1924-7) and the bronze figure of Repentance for the war memorial at Castletown, Caithness (1925).
The waterfront location is particularly apt as many of the casualties from both conflicts served in the Royal Navy, Royal Naval Reserves or Merchant Marine. The largest panel below the figure records the names of The Fallen from World War I and another panel was added in 1953 listing those killed in World War II. Many of the men, from both wars, served with the Seaforth Highlanders.
Following the railway station's demolition, the Lossiemouth memorial's seated bronze figure representing ‘Victory and Peace’ now looks directly out to sea. Resting in a seated position, he holds a sword pointing downwards in his left hand.
Two bronze reliefs below the name plaques show wreathed shields. One has the figure of a robed man, presumably a saint, while the other shows a rigged ship moving towards a robed figure with an outstretched lamp. Since the memorial's unveiling in 1922, exposure to the elements and its proximity to the sea have taken their toll, therefore, in 2011 a grant of £7,500 was awarded to professionally restore and clean the bronze and stone work.
The inscriptions on the panels read: “To the memory of the men of Lossiemouth and the landward part of the parish of Drainie who died in the service of their country during the War 1914-1919 – not in vain” ... “And those who died in the War 1939-1945”.
When I last visited Lossiemoth, on a fine day in November 2014, the small wooden boat Lady Kathryn was tied up at the harbour. Built in 1929 as a twin-screw gentleman's cruiser she initially cruised the South Coast of England. Following the outbreak of the Second World War, she was requisitioned by The Admiralty in 1940 and soon after reputedly served as one of the `Little Ships` of Dunkirk.
Around 700 private vessels, including paddle steamers, fishing boats, lifeboats, yachts and river barges, sailed from Ramsgate and other ports on England`s south coast to Dunkirk in France between 26 May and 4 June 1940 as part of Operation Dynamo, eventually rescuing more than 338,000 British and French soldiers who were trapped on the beaches at Dunkirk, at risk of annihilation by the rapidly advancing German war machine. This classic vessel returned to Private Ownership in 1947 and has been based in Scotland for many years, offering personalised cruising along the Caledonian Canal between Fort Augustus and Fort William, including Loch Oich and Loch Lochy, however, her presence at Lossiemouth may indicate a change of owner.
Additional images and information can be found on my blog, Clydeside Images.com. Further War Memorial and Military History content, not exclusively relating to Scotland, may also feature in the galleries of individual countries on this site. Also, check out my Stock Photography Archive for even more shots.