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BRIDGE OF GAUR, BRAES OF RANNOCH WW1

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 6:54 pm    Post subject: BRIDGE OF GAUR, BRAES OF RANNOCH WW1 Reply with quote

Situated at the west end of Loch Rannoch at Bridge of Gaur. Next stop Rannoch Station and the end of the world!
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Another 'unique' memorial which is made of stone and cut into the wall. A soldier presented in military mourning fashion is sculpted to watch over the names.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PERTHSHIRE ADVERTISER: 28.09.1921

BRAES OF RANNOCH
UNVEILING OF WAR MEMORIAL TO THE ‘BIG FOUR’


Last Sunday the whole population of the Braes and upper Loch Rannoch side gathered in the Parish Church to pay their tribute to the memory of the four men from the district who fell in the Great War. In the Braes the year is already far on in the sere and yellow leaf. The bloom of the heather is past, and the moors have changed from the bright purple of August to a dull brown. The birches are showing patches of saffron, while the rowans are assuming a deep red - all preparing to shed their leaves and to be ready for the sweep of the winter winds.
The morning opened dull and grey, and a keen wind from the north-west came sighing through the trees. The little birds had ceased to sing. Away in the distance Schiehallion was wreathed in a snow white mist.
There was no sound to break the stillness of the Sabbath morning until at eleven o’clock the music of the pipes came floating on the breeze, calling the ex-servicemen to fall in at the Bridge of Gaur.
In a short time some twenty men gathered, and the parade was taken charge of by Mr William Irvine, who had seen much service with the 11th Scottish Rifles in France and Macedonia. The procession was joined by the Rev. William Martin, parish minister, and the Rev. William A. Gillies, Kenmore, both of whom had acted as chaplains in the Army.
The little church on the hill at Finnart was completely filled when the service was opened with the singing of the 100th Psalm. The Rev. William Martin offered up prayer, invoking a blessing on all for that special and solemn occasion.
The sermon was preached by Mr Gillies, who took the text from 1st Cor., vi., 19-20 - “Ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price”. He showed how the early Christians felt themselves to belong to Christ - body, soul, and spirit - by virtue of all he had done for them, and the life of horror and shame from which he had delivered them. They liked to speak of themselves as His slaves.
Something of the same feeling of deep, solemn indebtedness was brought home to them as they thought of the tremendous sacrifice of fair young life by which our liberties had been secured. We were not our own to do simply as we pleased. We belonged to the great noble army of sufferers and martyrs who made the conditions of life in this lovely land of ours possible. We belonged to the men who purchased our peace with their own lives, and an imperative call came for us to be worthy of them.
The memorial that was being unveiled in their pretty church that day would ever keep prominently before them the ideal for which their comrades had died. That house of prayer had become more sacred than ever to them because on its wall these noble names were appropriately and beautifully commemorated. They and generations to follow would be invited to be followers of their heroic dead as they had been followers of the Captain of their Salvation.

Mr Gillies afterwards gave a short address in Gaelic, with which many of those present were acquainted.
The memorial, which is at the end of the church, was veiled by a Union Jack. The flag was removed by Captain Wentworth of Dall, who read out the inscription of the names of the fallen. The prayer of dedication was offered up by Mr Gillies; the pipers played the lament; the ‘Last Post’ was sounded; floral tributes were laid at the base of the tablet by sorrowing relatives and friends; and the service was closed with the Blessing, after which the National Anthem was sung.
The ministers and ex-servicemen filed out of the church, and, led by the pipers, they marched back to the old Bridge, where they dispersed. By this time the mist on the mountains had cleared away, and the day had brightened. It seemed to invite the worshippers to face with fortitude and cheerfulness the duties that the Peace had brought, and to carry on in the spirit of the noble dead whom they had united to commemorate.
The memorial takes the form of a mural tablet of freestone, on which is carved the figure of a Highlander with arms reversed. Underneath is the inscription:-
“To the Glory of God, and in Everlasting Memory of those members of this Parish who gave their lives for their country”. - Pte. George Cumming, Pte. Alexander McKillop, Pte. John Robertson, Pte. Duncan Robertson - “cha do thill ach an cliu” “only their fame has returned”.
The whole memorial, executed by Messrs Scott & Rae, Glasgow, is in perfect taste, and harmonises with the rubble walls of the church, which is built of local grey granite.
The committee which had charge of the erection of the memorial were:- Rev. William Martin, convenor; James Cumming, John Menzies, John Irvine, James McIntosh, James Ross, Peter Robertson, Thomas Gibson.
The pipers were Messrs Duncan MacDonald and Angus Robertson from the Braes and Pipe-Major Pirnie from Pitlochry. The Last Post was sounded by Bugler William Robertson, late of the 8th Black Watch, Pitlochry.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this memorial and the one below it is actually the civic memorial for Bridge of Gaur. See the wording highlighted below.

From the Scotsman of 28th September 1921

Braes of Rannoch

At the noon service in the Parish Church of the Braes of Rannoch on Sunday a mural tablet,
erected to the men of the parish who fell in the war was unveiled by Captain Wentworth of Dall. The tablet which is 4 feet 9 inches high, has an inscription on the lower panel, whilst the upper portion represents a Highland soldier in war equipment and with arms reversed. The service was conducted by the Rev. William Martin assisted by the Rev. W. A. Gillies B.D. of Kenmore. The latter offered a prayer of dedication.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I now tend to agree that this is civic and have moved accordingly.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:51 am    Post subject: WMR (ex UKNIWM) report Reply with quote

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