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David McNay
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 10:38 pm    Post subject: Fort William, Lochaber Reply with quote

I noticed Fort William wasn't listed so far, so until we get a modern picture of this one here's a photograph from "Miss MacDougalls Photo Album".

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref: 5887
OS map ref: NN104740








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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Interestingly the UKNIWM entry states that the rifle was missing when the original entry to them was submitted - the rifle has been replaced but it it wooden and is now showing signs of wear.
Also, the original fence at the front of the memorial has been removed. When I visited, this allowed a couple of young girls to clamber all over the memorial provoking no reaction from their mother at all.
(This reinforced everything I've ever thought about Fort William)
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting to see that the hotel in the original picture has had a whacking great ugly extension added to it.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DerekR wrote:
the rifle has been replaced but it it wooden and is now showing signs of wear


Was the original wooden? That might expalin why it was missing in the first place if it had rotten away.

I bet you the next one is fibreglass.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This casualty;
Name: FALCONER, JAMES BISSET
Initials: J B
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Unit Text: 275th Siege Bty.
Age: 31
Date of Death: 27/09/1917
Service No: 110396
Additional information: Son of Lake Falconer (Architect) and Mary Bisset Falconer, of The Alders, Rattray, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Born at Blairgowrie.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: XXIV. D. 19A.
Cemetery: LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY

also appears on the Blairgowrie & Rattray War Memorial;
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=53
and
St. Andrew's Church Memorial, Blairgowrie;
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=351
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some transcription of the memorial can be found here;
http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Invernessshire/FortWilliam.html
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fort William in summer.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From a visit yesterday:



and the wooden rifle:



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was in Fort William in November and the rifle has been restored.
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