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BRORA (Clyne), Highland. Clock (WW1/WW2/Post-45)- Sutherland
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would be very interested to see a photograph showing Sgt Kinnear's name if anyone is passing that way

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul

His very detailed panel is alreay posted. It's in the third post after the WW2 names.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Adam - I can now see 4 more photos than I could yesterday, I seem to be having a problem with photos from Photobucket - I only see a few unless I hit refresh and then a few more, sometimes several times. Anyone else having this problem looking at previously posted photos?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to Jaquie Aitken of Brora for images of the unveiling booklet







And also for this photograph of the unveiling



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:47 pm    Post subject: Kinnear Brora Reply with quote

Adam Brown wrote:
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.

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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his father is called Bruce and his mother is Olive so not unknowns..................yours Morag
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found this image on e-bay. It's from a postcard which was lying on a table when photographed which explains the squint look. It shows the memorial before the new road bridge was built in 1935.



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a talk I gave on the memorial a few weeks ago I have had a little bit more information from locals on what arrangements were in place for Remembrance ceremonies in Brora before the clock tower was built.

The first was on the night of the talk when someone (and I'm afraid I spoke to so many folk I can't remember who it was) told me that there was a cross in Station Square which was the focus for remembrance.

Local historian Hugh Baillie also passed on to me via my mother that a local man named Ackroyd set up a memorial garden during the war. This was opposite the station, and from what I've been told it was the opposite side of the railway from Station Square, probably on what is now Victoria Crescent. This may tie in with a vacant plot at this spot which was the site of the former Railway Hotel. This hotel had burned down before the war and was not rebuilt.

After the war the same Mr Ackroyd offered to pay for a plot of land on Braambury Hill (aka Brambury Hill) - OS Ref. NC 895 049. This is the nearest hill to Brora and has commanding views over the coast and a lot of the parish. It is also quite near the cemetery. Other parishes placed memorials in a similar positition and it would have been a very dramatic spot.

It seems Ackroyd wasn't a popular figure in the village and his offer was not taken up, although it may have been the remote location rather than the person who offered it which may have been the reason for the rejection.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just struck by the similarities between the ruined Bethune Clock Tower and the one at Clyne. Although the Brora memorial is Scots Baronial in style and it is not a copy there are so many features in common with Bethune's clock that I can't help thinking it influenced the design of this war memorial, which is unique in Scotland.



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Further to my last post, the local TF unit, the 5th Seaforth Highlanders, defended Bethune in April 1918 as part of the 51st Division. The Bethune clock tower aka belfry would have been familiar to men going in and out of the front lines through the town.

Like Bethune's Belfry, Brora's memorial clock has become a symbol of the town.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very similar to the Burns national memorial at Mauchline

http://www.klickthis.com/gallery-architecture-scotland-medium-142.html

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul

Yes it is, many thanks for posting that link.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to the hard work of the Friends of Clyne War Memorial and the community funds of the Kilbruar and Gordonbush wind farms, this memorial is now floodlit. The official switching-on took place last night in time for Remembrance Sunday.



Thanks to Morag Sutherland of Brora for the photograph.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:33 pm    Post subject: Thomas Smith Tait Sinclair 6th GH Reply with quote

Thomas Smith Tait Sinclair L/cpl 265413 6th Gordon Highlanders b Inverurie 30/11/1890 e Keith Age 27 Died of Wounds F & F 28/03/1918 Son of James & Jeanie (nee Robertson) Sinclair, Fern Cottage, Inverurie. Father Occ: Blacksmith. The Roll of Honour Vol IV page 185 Occ: Meat Salesman. Died No 13 Gen. Hosp. Inverurie Bass MI 463. Boulogne Eastern Cemetery Fr 0102 Plot VIII Row I Grave 171 AJ 02-04-18 Page 1 RoH Inverurie & Inverurie UF
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:35 pm    Post subject: James K Rollo CSM GH Reply with quote

James K Rollo CSM 170 DCM MM 1st Gordon Highlanders b Strichen e Strichen Age 26 Killed in Action F & F 28/09/1918 Son of Margaret Sutherland, Cavaick House, Brora, Sutherland. 1901 Census: North Street, Strichen. Staying with grandmother Mary King. B 1892. Medaille Mililaire (France). DCM 3.9.18. Lowrie Cemetery, Havrincourt Fr 0357 Row F Grave 24
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This article from the War Memorial Trust's Bulletin of Feb 2015 describes recent renovations to the memorial.

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