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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 11:52 pm    Post subject: BRORA (Clyne), Highland. Clock (WW1/WW2/Post-45)- Sutherland Reply with quote

Clyne War Memorial, Brora, Sutherland
Location: In centre of village next to road bridge. Beside A9
OS NGR: NC NC 90569 03981
Date of Original Unveiling: 25 December 1922
Number of Pre-1914 Names: N/A
Number of WW1 Names: 60
Number of Inter-War Names: N/A
Number of WW2 Names: 18
Number of Post-1945 Names: 1 (Gulf War)
Memorial Type: Clock Tower

This is my home town memorial. I will post a lot more about this memorial but I will start with a simple photo of it.



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are the names in alphabetical order. Note regiments are not listed on the memorial.

1914-1918

ADAMS , William A , Private , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
BREMNER , Alexander J , Corporal , 8th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
CAIRNIE , David D , 2nd Lieutenant , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
CHALMERS , James S , 2nd Lieutenant , 12th Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
DALTON, , William A , Regimental Sergeant Major , 22nd Bn Australian Imperial Force
DUFF , Walter , Private , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
DUNCAN , Alexander , Corporal , 6th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
DUNCAN , Robert G , Private , 43rd Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force
EDWARDS , Robert , Sergeant , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
EYEVAL , John A , Lance Corporal , 6th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
GILES , George E , Lieutenant , Royal Flying Corps
GRAHAM , Alexander , Private , 7th Bn Cameron Highlanders
GRANT , Donald W , Gunner , Royal Garrison Artillery
GRANT , Neil , Sergeant , Seaforth Highlanders
GRANT , William , Signaller , 8th Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force
GRAY , George , Corporal , Machine Gun Corps (Tanks)
GUNN , John M C , Corporal , 8th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
GUNNIS , Geoffrey G , Captain , 3rd Bn Grenadier Guards
HUNTER , John McD , Lance Corporal , 3rd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
HUNTER , Thomas M , Captain , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
KEITH , William S , Driver , Royal Field Artillery
KIDD , Alistair W , Lieutenant , Royal Engineers
MacBEATH , John M , Private , 6th Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers
MacDONALD , John , Private , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
McDONALD , William , Gunner , Royal Field Artillery
MacIVER , William , Corporal , 2/1st Lovat Scouts
MacKAY , Andrew , Private , The Labour Corps
MacKAY , Benjamin S , Regimental Sergeant Major , 2nd Regiment South African Infantry
MacKAY , James M , Private , 2nd Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers
MacKAY , John , Private , 6th Bn Cameron Highlanders
MacKAY , William , Private , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MacKENZIE , John J S , Corporal , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MacLEOD , Alexander , Private , 6th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
MacLEOD , John , Ordinary Seaman , Royal Naval Reserve
MacPHERSON , Donald , Private , Canadian Expeditionary Force
MacRAE , Alexander , Private , 8th Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force
MATHESON , Alexander , Sapper , Royal Engineers
MATHESON , Thomas , Private , 5th Bn Cameron Highlanders
MATHESON , Williamina , Worker , Army Auxiliary Corps
NICHOLSON , Angus A , Private , Lovat Scouts
REID , Donald G , Private , 13th Bn The London regiment
REID , James S , Private , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
REID , William J , Private , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
ROLLO , James K , Regimental Sergeant Major , 1st Bn Gordon Highlanders
ROSS , Alexander , Private , 1st Bn Scots Guards
ROSS , Andrew , Sergeant , 5th Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force
ROSS , William , Private , 6th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
SIMPSON , Donald , 2nd Lieutenant , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
SINCLAIR , Thomas S T , Private , 6th Bn Gordon Highlanders
SUTHERLAND , Alexander , Ordinary Seaman , Royal Naval Reserve
SUTHERLAND , Alexander , Private , Canadian Expeditionary Force
SUTHERLAND , Alexander G , Private , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
SUTHERLAND , Donald , Private , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
SUTHERLAND , Donald , Private , 52nd Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force
SUTHERLAND , George A , Captain , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
SUTHERLAND , John M , Private , 1st Bn Scots Guards
SUTHERLAND , Kenneth , Private , 43rd Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force
SUTHERLAND , Robert , Sergeant , 6th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
SUTHERLAND , Thomas , Private , 8th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
SUTHERLAND , William G , Sergeant , 5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
SUTHERLAND , William G , Private , 2nd Lovat Scouts

1939-1945

CAIRNS , John I , Lance Corporal , Royal Army Service Corps
CAMERON , Adam , Private , 4th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders
GREGORY , Edward , Driver , Royal Army Service Corps
MacDONALD , John D , Ordinary Seaman , Royal Naval Reserve
MacKAY , Duncan I S , Major , Royal Artillery
MacKINTOSH , D Lonie , Lieutenant , 7th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders
MacLEOD , W T Holland , Sergeant , Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
MUNRO , Jessbert , Sergeant , Royal Artillery
POLSON , John , Sergeant , 5th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders
SLORACH , William , Corporal , 8th Bn The Seaforth Highlanders
SUTHERLAND , Adam M , Private , 1st Bn London Scottish
SUTHERLAND , Alexander W , Trooper , Lovat Scouts
SUTHERLAND , Andrew , Sergeant , Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
SUTHERLAND , James , Gunner , Royal Artillery
SUTHERLAND , John , Chief Engineer , Merchant Navy
SUTHERLAND , William J , Trooper , Lovat Scouts
TREEN , Frank W , Aux. Coastguardsman , H M Coastguard
TYSER , John W G , Lieutenant , King's Royal Rifle Corps

The Gulf War 1991

KINNEAR , Donald B , Sergeant , Royal Army Pay Corps


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some photos of the panels:







And more images of the memorial:









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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sgt Kinnear's entry for the Gulf war is of particular interest to me because I am in the early stages of trying to identify all war graves and memorial entries for RAPC and it's antecedent corps.
I will have to do some research but Sgt Kinnear will be one of the last (if not THE last) RAPC to die in service because the RAPC ceased to exist on 1st April 1992 on formation of the Adjutant General's Corps.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spoons

Here is what I have on Sgt Kinnear I hope it can help in your research. I believe he is buried / commemorated in Edinburgh but I have yet to confirm that.

KINNEAR, Donald Bruce
Rank: Sergeant
Regimental Number: 24630266
Unit: Royal Army Pay Corps, Attached 32 Armoured Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers
Died: Killed in a road-traffic accident 27.1.1991 Saudi Arabia
Age: 24
Parents: N/K
Born: Edinburgh 20.5.66
Home: Edinburgh with a Brora connection
Job: Regular Soldier
Buried: N/K (believed to be Edinburgh)
Memorials: Listed on the Clyne War Memorial, Brora
Commemorated Palace Gardens Memorial Garden, Hollywood, Northern Ireland
Recorded in The Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Adam, very grateful and if you come across a photo of his grave (or any other APC, APD, RAPC, Corps of Mil Accts) I would be very pleased to hear.
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Spoons

I will keep my eyes open. By the way my father did his National Service in Cyprus in the 1950s in the RAPC.

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If he is still with us, as an ex corps man myself, please send him my regards.
Quite a lot of ex national servicemen are now joining the RAPC association and regular items appear in our bi-annual magazine, Primrose and Blue and stories appear on the website.

http://www.rapc.co.uk/
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Christine Stokes kindly sent me this image which she had been sent from Karen Grant in Canada. It is of the unveiling of the memorial. One of Karen's relatives, Signaller William Grant, is listed on the memorial



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 8:25 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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From the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) website

Brora, War Memorial

Type of Site: War Memorial
NMRS Number: NC90SW 20
Map reference: NC 9057 0398
Parish: Clyne
Council: Highland
Former District: Sutherland
Former Region: Highland
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From The Northern Times December 28, 1922

THE CEREMONY OF UNVEILING CLYNE WAR MEMORIAL

Unveiled by Mrs Thomas Matheson, Dalchalm.

"Until the day break, and the shadows flee away. "

The handsome War Memorial erected by the parish of Clyne to perpetuate the memory of their gallant dead who fell in the Great War of 1914-1918 was unveiled and dedicated at Brora, on Christmas Day, 25th December, 1922. The day was an ideal one for the ceremony, and in consequence there was a large and representative gathering of people, estimated at over two thousand, assembled to witness and take part in one of the most solemn and impressive ceremonies that has ever taken place in Brora. The Memorial which takes the form of a beautiful clock tower, of handsome design, was erected to plans drawn by Mr J. A. Hosie Lairg. It is erected on the west bank of the river Brora, and it is reckoned one of, if not, the handsomest Memorial in the north. The unveiling ceremony was performed by Mrs Matheson, Dalchalm, a mother who has bravely borne her sad bereavements caused by the Great War, and who was unanimously chosen as a fit representative of the relatives of the fallen to perform this sad ceremony - that of unveiling the tablet with the names of the gallant heroes of the parish who gave their all for the cause of freedom. The order of the unveiling and dedication service was as follows :-

THE PROCESSION

A procession, marshalled by Lieut. D. Sutherland, of the Brora Section of the 4/5th Seaforth Highlanders, marched from the Drill Hall to the Memorial. Headed by the Pipe Band, under Pipe-Major John Campbell, playing "The Flowers of the Forest," the procession started at 11.30 a.m., in the following order :- Pipe Band and Bugler, Armed Guard of Honour furnished by the 4/5th Seaforth Highlanders, The Seaforth Highlanders; relatives of the Fallen; Clergy and Choir; ex-service men and ex-service visitors; Parish Council and War Memorial Committee, school children, and general public. When the procession arrived at the Memorial, the bells on the tower commenced to chime and 12 o'clock was sounded on the hour bell. Two sentries were then posted with arms reversed at the Memorial, viz., Donald Urquhart, A.B. R.N.R., representing the Navy on the right, and Corpl. G. M. Sutherland, LM., representing the Army on the left. The relatives and friends of the fallen were seated in front of the Memorial with the Guard of Honour behind them facing the Memorial. The choir and school children were on the left, while the Parish Council and War Memorial Committee occupied places behind the Guard of Honour. The ex-service men were on the right embankment facing the roadway, while the general public occupied places on the roadway and surrounding embankments.

Mr John Ross, Chairman of the War Memorial Committee, who presided, took up his position at the base of the Memorial, and was supported on either side by the following :- Mr Andrew Lindsay, convener of the county; Mr Hugh A. Ross, secretary of the War Memo - Committee; Mr Thomas Matheson, chairman of Clyne Parish Council; Rev. John Spa Church of Scotland, Brora; Rev. D. Thomson, U.F Church, Brora; Rev. A. B. Scott, Church of Scotland, Helmsdale; Rev. E. McRury, Free Church, Helmsdale; Rev. John Taylor, Church of Scotland, Golspie; Rev. A. Mackenzie, Church of Scotland, Rogart; Lieut.-Col. A. Macaulay, TD., representing His Grace the Duke of Sutherland as Lord Lieutenant of the county. Capt. Mackenzie, M.C., TD., representing the officers of the 4/5th Seaforth Highlanders also Capt. Macleod, TD., Helmsdale; Capt. Murray, TD., Golspie; Lieut. Mackay, TD_ Golspie; Lieut. R. F Sinclair, Golspie; Lieut. C. MacHardy, Dornoch; Lieut. W Macpherson Helmsdale; Lieut. D. Sutherland, Brora; Mr James Matheson, chairman Golspie Parish Council; and Mr Hector Sutherland, representing the ex-service men.

ORDER OF SERVICE

The service at the Memorial began with the singing of the 46th Psalm, "God is our refuge and our strength," to the tune of Stroudwater, led by the combined choirs under the leadership of Mr Hugh A. Ross. Rev. John Spark engaged in prayer and Rev. Rev. E. McRun read the scripture lesson from the 15th chapter of the Gospel of St. John. After the singing of the 23rd Psalm, "The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want," Mr John Ross addressed the Assembly as follows:-

CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS

Officers, non-commissioned officers and men, and friends all - I appreciate very highly the honour the War Memorial Committee has conferred on me, on asking me to to address you on this solemn and unique occasion. I have not the slightest doubt, the Committee would have had no difficulty in finding one more suitable, one more gifted to give expression to their mind and our feelings. However, it is gratifying to know it was their unanimous desire that I, as chairman of the Committee, would consent to say a few words. Four years ago you elected a Committee to raise the necessary funds to erect a worthy Memorial to our gallant dead. The work you entrusted to that Committee is completed. The task was comparatively speaking made easy, for rich and poor alike gave liberally, and I believe every man, woman, and child in the community, together with friends across the seas, helped in some way or another, to place a stone on this beautiful edifice, which today is to be unveiled, to the immortal memory of those from our parish who fell in the Great War. Memorials such as this, are not necessary to keep alive in the hearts of the present generation - the memory of their gallant deeds and heroic sacrifice as these are ever before us. Such Memorials are for our children's children, to remind each succeeding generation, that at a great price obtained they their freedom. Engraved on this Memorial are names representing the various units of the British Army and Navy. Therefore, to all ranks and services of the Army and Navy, we owe a debt which we can never sufficiently repay. Today you walk through the quiet churchyard, most of the Memorials there are to the aged - men and women who died full of years, their life's work done - but here we have a Memorial to the young, cut off in the midst of their years, their days untimely ended. That is the tragedy of it. Therein lies the bitterness of bereavement to those among us, whose wounds bleed afresh today, and to whom our hearts go out anew in sympathy. It fills us with noble pride to remember that our brave lads fell in the cause of justice and of right, in the defence of home and homeland, and that on many graves in France and Flanders have been inscribed these words: - "Tell in Scotland we lie here content" The Highland soldier has always been feared and respected throughout the world, as the embodiment of all the manlv virtues. It is this character which gives him such a tremendous moral force in the fighting line. and we pray that the day will never come when Highlanders on duty's call, will fear to follow in the footsteps of those brave soldiers we mourn today. It is needless for me to recapitulate the hundred and one actions in which our brave Highland regiments took part - their glorious deeds will be recorded in history, as they are always enshrined on our hearts. There are many memorable incidents of the War we can never forget. We all remember those days in August. 1914, the days of the retreat from Mons, when everyone was in doubt if the British Army could be saved. Shall we ever forget, the shock and consternation in the hearts of the British people, when news came of an indecisive issue in the Battle of Jutland? Shall we ever forget Sir Douglas Haig's message in the Spring of 1918, when he warned his soldiers that they were fighting with their backs to the wall, and that on them depended the safety of their homes and the freedom of the human race? Shall we ever forget the days of 1918. when the news was flashed throughout the Empire that the German lines were broken, their colossal armies were in full retreat, their gigantic war machine was smashed to atoms, and the civilised world was saved? Our hearts throbbed with pride and sorrow. The world was saved. but at what a price! The true cost is known only to those whose boys lie across the seas. One of the conditions of enlistment in the American Army was that those who fell on a foreign battlefield would be borne across the Atlantic at the close of the War, to rest in their native land. It was a tremendously difficult task, and its accomplishment was rendered possible by the fact that the losses in the American Army were slight compared with ours. Theirs ran into thousands, but ours into hundreds of thousands. such a task of transportation in the case of the British soldiers was impossible. It is, however, comforting to the relatives of those who fell, that a Government Commission was appointed to see that these cemeteries are well looked after. In France, Belgium, Italy, and other theatres of the war, those cemeteries have been handed over to the British Government for all time, so that the gallant lads we mourn today - though they sleep in foreign lands - lie in British soil, hallowed and made sacred by British sacrifice. Through the indomitable bravery and heroism of the British troops and Allies on sea and land, the victory was won, and the Empire and the world was saved. Honour, therefore, to the officer, and honour to the private, who served side by side, without distinction and rank. Honour to the men and honour to the women who faced those perils, with equal fortitude and devotion. Honour to the sailors, who by their splendid bravery guarded us from invasion. Honour to the surgeons and nurses who attended the stricken and wounded. Honour to the chaplains who administered the last rites to the dying and the dead. Honour to the thousands of war scarred heroes in our land, who remind us daily of their Country's debt.

"Dear lads we will never forget you
Who went with the willing men,
When a cry for the best came ringing
Along by the moor and glen.
Your dust lies asleep in Flanders
Because your heart was true,
So as we light the lamp in the gloaming
We silently think of you."

Honour and immortal glory to our gallant dead!

THE ROLL CALL

Mr Hector Sutherland, before reading the Roll Call, said - Dear and loving and devoted friends, this trying part of this sacred service has been entrusted to the Comrades of the Great War (Brora Branch), and in their name I read the roll of our sacred dead - God bless their memory.

UNVEILING

The memorial tablet, which was covered by a Union Jack, was then unveiled by Thomas Matheson. Mr Matheson, replying on behalf of Mrs Matheson thanked the Memorial Committee for the honour they had conferred upon her. Immediately the tablet was unveiled, the Guard of Honour "presented arms" and Pipe Major John Campbell played "Lochaber no More" and Bugler R. A. Sutherland, Golspie, sounded "The Last Post." After one minute's silence, Bugler R. A. Sutherland sounded the "Reveille." The Rev. D. Thomson, then offered up a dedicatory prayer. This part of the service was a very solemn and impressive one, and will long live in the memory of all who were present.

MR ANDREW LINDSAY'S ADDRESS

Soldiers, Comrades of those who have fallen, and men and women of Clyne - We are here today to salute your illustrious dead. We mourn with you over the loss of so many bright lives, but sorrow gives place to a reverent and thankful pride. Your heroes were "swifter than eagles and stronger than lions," and their spirits still live. Their stern fortitude and valorous deeds on many a stricken field and on the sorrowing sea, will ever remain, the imperishable heritage of Clyne and the county of Sutherland. This striking and magnificent Memorial will for all time, speak to men, of love of country, of honour, of duty, and of sacrifice. We thankt God for every remembrance of the men whose names are inscribed on this stone.

THE WREATHS

An opportunity was then given to relatives and others to place wreaths on the memorial. A large number of beautiful wreaths were placed at the base of the memorial, and were much admired by all who passed by the memorial after the service. Among them were cards bearing the following :- Mrs Hunter, Clyne Public School, Duncraggie, The Mills, Rogart; Mr and Mrs Guinnes Mr Todd, Railway Terrace; Dr and Mrs Johnstone, Miss Manson, The Terrace Sutherland Arms Hotel Staff, Mrs Eyeval and family, Mr and Mrs George Sutherland, Mr Dalton and daughter, Mrs Edwards and family, Mrs Mackay and family, Rosslyn Street; Mrs Macdonald, Lower Brora; A Comrade, Sisters and Brothers of D. Sutherland, Mrs Reid, Gower Street; Mr Gunn and family, Fascally; Brora Section 4/5th Seaforth Highlanders, Mrs Murray and family, Torroble, Lairg; G. Graham and family, Doll; Mrs Sutherland and family. Badnellan; Mr Duncan, Shoemaker Street; Mr and Mrs W G. Sutherland, Hotel; Mrs Dudgeon, Crakaig; Mr and Mrs Mackenzie, Kintradwell; Brora Branch of the British Legion, Ivy Cottage, Brora; Employees of Sutherland Wool Mills, Brora; Miss Cairnie, Mr and Mrs Macdonald, Pier House; Mrs Gray, Nigg; Misses Ross, Dornoch; Mrs Mackay, Lower Brora; Mr and Mrs Duff and family, Doll; Mrs Ross and family, Manse Cottage; Mr Kidd, The Terrace, and others.

CUSTODY OF THE MEMORIAL

In handing over the Memorial to the custody of the Clyne Parish Council, through their Chairman, Mr Thomas Matheson. Mr Ross said that he considered it a very great honour to hand over the Memorial to the Parish Council in association with the Executive Committee. He trusted that whatever may be neglected. this Memorial to their gallant dead, never will, but be guarded from all danger and kept as a sacred trust.
Mr Thomas Matheson, on behalf of the Parish Council, accepted custody of the Memorial, and said that they would do all in their power to preserve it for all time.
Paraphrase 66, "How bright these glorious spirits shine," was then sung, and a most touching ceremony was brought to a close by the Rev. A. B. Scott pronouncing the Benediction.

DESCRIPTION OF MEMORIAL

The Memorial is designed to harmonise with its romantic environments overlooking the River Brora, and takes the form of a clock tower over 50 feet high, with a dial on each of its four sides 31 feet above the road level. It is built of local Clynelish sandstone in ashlar work, with bull faced corners and scappled dressings. The shaft with its four its four circular and pinnacled buttresses, between which is the belfry with its louvered openings, rises from a base 12 feet square, and is finished above the dial chamber with a pinnacled angle turret and three bartizan angles and castellated parapet coping. A platform supported by two wing walls extends along the front of the tower at the road level, over which is inserted the granite name tablet with the names in lead letters. The tablet is surmounted by a pediment in the tympanum of which is a bronze plate bearing the words "The Great War, 1914-18," and on each side of the tower between the wing walls and enclosing walls, two flights of steps lead to the entrance to the clock movement. The work has been executed by Messrs Grant Murray & Co., Builders, Brora.

DESCRIPTION OF CLOCK

The clock shows the time on four skeleton cast iron dials glazed with pot opal glass for illumination by night, each of the dials measure 3 feet 6 inches in diameter. The clock movement is built on the improved horizontal principle, with the top and bottom surfaces planed perfectly flat, and each of the brackets and bearings separately fitted to the frame so that any of the parts may be removed without disturbing others. All the wheels are of solid gun metal with their teeth machine cut from the solid, the main wheels measure 10 ins. each in diameter. The pinions are of the finest cast steel, machine cut from the solid, hardened, tempered and polished. The clock movement is firmly bolted to girders, let into the tower walls, to prevent any vibration reaching the pendulum. The clock movement is fixed at the base of the tower and drives up to the dials by means of seamless steel connecting rods, universal joints of gun metal, and bevel gears. The bells are fixed in the chamber below the dials, and are five in number, the total weighing over 12 cwts., the hour bell weighing over 4 cwts. The correct Cambridge or Westminster Quarter Chimes are played on the bells by hammers of the proper weight for bringing out the full tone of same. The clock is built on similar lines to those which the firm erected in the towers of Lincoln, Carlisle, Ripon, Newcastle-on Tyne, Bradford, Chelmsford, Dundalk, and Armagh Cathedrals, Lerwick and Annan Town halls, Peterhead Free Library, Coldtream Church, Keith Institute, and Rothesay Academy.

The Clock was supplied and erected by Messrs Wiliam Potts & Sons ltd. Clock and watch manufacturers, Guildford Street, Leeds.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2007 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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One of the conditions of enlistment in the American Army was that those who fell on a foreign battlefield would be borne across the Atlantic at the close of the War, to rest in their native land.


Vey interesting, I never knew that.

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Does the clock STILL chime?
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dhubthaigh wrote:
Does the clock STILL chime?


It still does, every 15 minutes during the day, I'm very glad to say. The pot opal glass has been replaced but other than that it is still the same clock tower. It is now serviced by John Smith & Son Ltd of Derby who took over the Wm Potts & Sons business in the 1930s.

The community council look after the day to day running of the memorial and a chap called Jim Cunningham who runs the newsagents across the road from the memorial used to wind it up every day (and still does as far as I am aware).

The article hints at the Matheson's loss but doesn't mention that they lost a daughter, two sons, and a son-in-law in the war.

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Sgt Kinnear RAPC is buried in Bent cemetery, Hamilton

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