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Adam Brown
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 3:06 pm    Post subject: Cranstoun Parish, Midlothian Reply with quote

Cranstoun Parish & Pathhead War Memorial
Location: Junction of A68 and A6093 Haddington Road
OS Ref: NT 381 661

The only way to get a photo of this memorial from the busy A68 without dodging vehicles is to take it first thing in the morning so apologies for the glare in the background.













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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If ever a memorial needed re-situated then this is it.
For those who don't know it, the memorial sits just feet from the busy A68.
I certainly prefer my memorials in quiet locations.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DerekR wrote:
If ever a memorial needed re-situated then this is it.


Why this memorial hasn't been moved before I don't know. There is no parking nearby and it sits right next to one of the busiest 'A' roads in Scotland.

A more sensible place would be in Pathhead or a local cemetery.

I take it the locals wished it to remain there. It is in a very public place and so still serves the purpose of reminding those passing of the sacrifice of the local community.

It's weathered a bit since last year and will probably need some work done on it relatively soon. Perhaps that would be a good opportunity to move it.

It's not an elaborate memorial and I wouldn't think a good monumental mason would have any problem re-erecting it.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a transcription of the names. I tried finding Lucy Walker in the CWGC and SNWM databases but couldn't find her.

1914-1918

BINNIE , William
COWAN , James
CRAWFORD , James
DOUGLAS , George
DRYSDALE , Alexander
DRYSDALE , Thomas
DUNCAN , George
GARDINER , James
GILLIES , David
HADDEN , David
HOGARTH , Andrew
HOUSTON , William
JEFFREY , Alexander
KINGHORN , Thomas
PHILIP , George
SIMPSON , Neil
TODD , John A
YOUNG , George

1939-1945

BUCHANAN , James
CALLANDER , W Archibald
HOGARTH , Angus
HOGG , Thomas
HOGG , T Campbell
McVITIE , T Elliot
MERCER , Alexander
SMITH , Robert D
TURNER , Andrew
WALKER , James C
WALKER , Lucy
WEIR , James B

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:18 pm    Post subject: Lucy Walker Reply with quote

Hi I am a new member to this site but ever since I was young I have wondered about this name on the memorial. I too have tried to find details without success. As I live near here I have made local enquiries but all I ever found out was that " the minister at the time had the name added". I'd love to find out her story?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Denise,

Welcome to the Forum!

Could this be 'Lucy'? (I think I remember from somewhere that Lucy could be a pet name for Margaret, although I might be completely wrong!)

Name: WALKER, MARGARET WHITE
Initials: M W
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Auxiliary Territorial Service
Age: 22
Date of Death: 11/02/1945
Service No: W/168711
Additional information: Daughter of Alexander M. Walker and Christina Walker, of Meadowbank, Edinburgh.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. H. Grave 636.
Cemetery: EDINBURGH (MORNINGSIDE) CEMETERY

Surname WALKER
Firstname Margaret W
Service number 168711
Date of death 11/02/1945
Place of birth Edinburgh
SNWM roll WOMEN'S SERVICES
Rank Pte
Theatre of death United Kingdom.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam Brown wrote:
DerekR wrote:
If ever a memorial needed re-situated then this is it.


Why this memorial hasn't been moved before I don't know. There is no parking nearby and it sits right next to one of the busiest 'A' roads in Scotland.

A more sensible place would be in Pathhead or a local cemetery.

I take it the locals wished it to remain there. It is in a very public place and so still serves the purpose of reminding those passing of the sacrifice of the local community.

It's weathered a bit since last year and will probably need some work done on it relatively soon. Perhaps that would be a good opportunity to move it.

It's not an elaborate memorial and I wouldn't think a good monumental mason would have any problem re-erecting it.

Adam


There are two cemeteries near by that it could be moved to. The Churchyard at Cranstoun Church is only about 100 meters further along the A68 and the New Cranstoun Cemetery is just off the A68 on the B6372.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


This is taken from behind the memorial, you can see the road signs for Jedburgh and Edinburgh just beyond.


This is taken in front of the Memorial. You can see my car parked half on the pavement just beyond as there is no where to safely park your car.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:28 pm    Post subject: RD Smith Reply with quote

RD Smith was my uncle Robert who is also commemorated on his home (Elphinstone) Memorial, He was flying near Iceland and was killed there.

Here are a few more shots of the memorial.








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