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Loth War Memorial, Sutherland (T)

 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2006 11:40 am    Post subject: Loth War Memorial, Sutherland (T) Reply with quote

Loth War Memorial, Lothmore
Location: In Southeast corner of Loth New Burial Ground. (Originally overlooking Kilmote. Beside A9. Moved October 2003)
OS Ref: NC 971 113 (was NC 970 116)
Number of Great War Names: 11
Number of WW2 Names: 2


A small memorial for the old parish of Loth which also covers Portgower it was recently moved from a commanding position overlooking the parish, but right next to the very busy A9, to the nearby graveyard.





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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have a photo of the second world war names on my pc so here is a transcription of all the names:

1914-1918

BOWIE , James , Private, 5th Bn Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
CAMPBELL , Donald , Private, 3rd Bn Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
CAMPBELL , George , Private, 5th Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force
DAVIDSON , Alexander , Sergeant, 85th Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force
GORDON , Donald , Sergeant, 1st Bn Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders
KEITH , Alexander , Private, 16th Bn The Royals Scots
MacKAY , Andrew , Private, Canadian Expeditionary Force
MacKAY , William , Private, 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MELVILLE , William , Private, 1st Bn Grenadier Guards
REID , Thomas G , Private, 2nd Bn Scots Guards
WALLACE , Mark , Private, 16th Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force

1939-1945

GOLDIE , Ralph A , Private, The Seaforth Highlanders
REILLY , Robert , Radio Officer, Merchant Navy


Radio Officer Reilly's name is actually spelled Rielly on the memorial. He wasn't a local but he was married to a Loth woman.
You wont find Pte Goldie on the CWGC or SNWM databases. I think he is Ralph Abercrombie Goldie who died in the Lawson Memorial Hospital, Golspie in 1940.
Usually servicemen's details are included on their death certificates so R.A. Goldie had been discharged from The Seaforth Highlanders before his death. I have made some tentative enquiries about him locally but so far cannot find anymore information.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've found the Second World War names photo:



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Christine Stokes has sent me an interesting image of the memorial sitting outside the graveyard whilst it was being moved.



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For more information on the names on this memorial please go to the appropriate list on this forum using the link below

First World War

Sutherland’s Great War Dead A-E

Sutherland’s Great War Dead F-L

Sutherland’s Great War Dead Mc / Mac

Sutherland’s Great War Dead M

Sutherland’s Great War Dead N-R

Sutherland’s Great War Dead S-Y

Second World War

Sutherland’s Second World War Dead A-L

Sutherland’s Second World War Dead Mc / Mac

Sutherland’s Second World War Dead M-Z

Post-War

Sutherland’s Post-1945 War Dead

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The memorial was by monumental masons Messrs. Scott & Rae of Glasgow. The company daybook had the following entry:
Order No. 6535, Loth, Grey cross, Erected August1922, DayBook 475.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A piece from the Northern Times about the move



The man on the left is my uncle A.B. Mackenzie who sadly passed away last year.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From THE NORTHERN TIMES, OCTOBER 12, 1922.

LOTH WAR MEMORIAL

Unveiled by the Duke of Sutherland

A very solemn and impressive ceremony took place in Loth yesterday (Wednesday), when the smallest parish in the county of Sutherland unveiled and dedicated their War Memorial The Memorial was unveiled by His Grace the Duke of Sutherland, who arrived at 3 p.m. accompanied by the Rev. J. Taylor, M.A., Church of Scotland, Golspie. There was a fine assembly not only of the inhabitants of Loth but quite a number from neighbouring parishes.

The relatives of the fallen were conducted to their places on the left of the Memorial by Mr Archibald McEwen, parish clerk. The Duke, who was received by Mr W J. Dudgeon, Crakaig, chairman of the War Memorial Committee, took up his position on the right of the memorial along with Mr W J. Dudgeon, the Rev. Mr McRury, M.A., Free Church, Helmsdale, Dr. Cameron, M.A., B.D., U.F. Church, Helmsdale; Rev. A. B. Scott, B.D., Church of Scotland, Helmsdale; Rev. J. Taylor, M.A., Church of Scotland, Golspie; Rev. R. L Macnie, Church of Scotland, Loth. The general public were on the public road and round the memorial, and the Guard of Honour, which was composed of men from the Brora Platoon of 4/5th Seaforth Highlanders, was under the command of Lieut. D. Sutherland, Brora.

Simplicity was the key-note all through, both with regard to the Memorial and the unveiling and dedication ceremony. The Memorial, which is erected in the centre of the village consists of a cairn of local boulders surmounted by a grey granite Celtic Cross, bearing the following inscription:-

“Erected in memory of the men from the parish of Loth who fell in the Great War, 1914-1918”

with the names of the eleven men who made the supreme sacrifice. It stands at a point of the Main Road a few yards to the west of the Public School, overlooking the Parish Church.

It also commands a good view of the Moray and Dornoch Firths and can be seen for about a mile by all approaching it from the parishes of Kildonan and Clyne.

Assembling at the school, the Guard of Honour, sailors, and ex-service men, headed by Pipe-Major J. Campbell and Piper Andrew Sutherland, Brora, playing a solemn tune, marched slowly down to the Memorial and took up their position at the back, while a sailor, Seaman McBeath and Corporal G. M. Sutherland, were in front at each corner with arms reversed.

THE UNVEILING

The ceremony commenced by the Rev. R. L. Macnie giving out the 46th Psalm, "God is our refuge and our Strength," which was sung by the assembly, ably led by Mr George Horne, Bora who acted as precentor. Rev. Mr McRury offered up a prayer, and the Rev. Dr. Cameron read portions of Scripture from Revelations vii., 9-17, and xxi., 1-7. Paraphrase 66, “How bright these glorious spirits shine," was then sung.

Before calling upon His Grace the Duke of Sutherland to unveil the Memorial, Mr W.J. Dudgeon said - That never before in the history of their parish had there been an occasion so memorable and so sacred as that. They were about to unveil a Memorial to their gallant dead, who in the hour of their country's need, laid down their lives for honour and for freedom. In the assembly of people, in the presence of the bereaved, and in the presence also comrades of the fallen, they united in offering a hallowed tribute to their memory, and to their faithfulness to the end. They acknowledged that day, as a community, a debt of solemn sacrifice of blood and tears which no human reckoning could ever redeem. They called to remembrance the joy and hope of youth, the flower of their manhood - all so freely given. With stricken hearts, yet with gratitude to God and a pride that was justified in the heroism and traditions of their race, they had raised the Memorial. It stood a proud witness of the past and a symbol and a shrine for the future.

His Grace in a few words paid tribute to our gallant heroes on land and sea. They had done their duty regardless of what the cost would be. After referring to their deeds, His Grace said that they need not weep for them, because they knew that they had done their duty and given their all. In unveiling the Memorial he hoped that it would long remain and that their gallant deeds would always live in their memory and their example be a guide for the future.

His Grace in handing over the Memorial to Mr W. J. Dudgeon, as chairman of the Parish Council, hoped that he and his fellow workers would take a pride in keeping it in good order. Mr W J. Dudgeon, on behalf of the Parish Council, assured not only His Grace but the assembly, that it would be a work of love for them to attend to it for all time coming.

The Rev. A. B. Scott then offered up a prayer of Dedication. After one minute's silence Pipe-Major J. Campbell played the lament, "The Flowers of the Forest," and Mr James Wilson, Brora, sounded the "Last Post" on the bugle.

The assembly then sang a hymn, "The Supreme Sacrifice," during the singing of which the relatives of the fallen and others placed several beautiful wreaths round the Memorial. Rev. R. L. Macnie then pronounced the Benediction, and after the assembly had sung the National Anthem, His Grace went round and shook hands with the Territorials and the ex-service men, and had a short chat with many present.

Among those who placed wreaths on the Memorial we observed the following names:- Mr James Bowie, Crakaig; Mrs Mackay, Inverness; Mr and Mrs Campbell, Culgower; Mr and Mrs Robert Bowie, Crakaig; Kate and Bobby Wallace; Mr and Mrs McAskill, Mr and Mrs McEwen, Mr and Mrs Dudgeon, Crakaig, and quite a number without names.

The Memorial is erected to a design by Messrs Horne and Murray, Architects, Golspie.
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