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IanA



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2007 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may be worth recording that the replacement figure is fibreglass.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alexander Carrick used the same model for the Walkerburn and Blairgowrie war memorials. My guess is the easiest thing to do was for a cast to be taken of the Blairgowrie soldier to be used to make a cast for the new bronze figure for the Walkerburn memorial. I always thought the two figures were identical but it wouldn't surprise me if the Blairgowrie soldier was slightly larger in scale so I take it this is why the replacement turned out to be bigger. I don't have any detailed information on this though so I'm just guessing.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jamie,

Not all that sure about same cast. The figure is markedly larger and, if you study the head of each one, they are set at different angles. With Carrick's, the collar covers more of the face.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:10 am    Post subject: From the Carrick Website Reply with quote

Walkerburn war memorial and Blairgowrie war memorial are almost identical half scale figure of an infantryman, head bowed and arms reversed, were used on both memorials.

In recent years the Walkerburn soldier was actually stolen but was later recovered, but only after another copy had already been made. There are now two bronze soldiers the original being restored to its place on the memorial; and the copy now standing in a garden of remembrance nearby. Carrick did occassionally copy figures provided they were not site specific and that the memorials were sufficiently far from one another to ensure their remaining a distinct part of their communities. The Walkerburn memorial is of grey Creetown granite and again the architect was James B. Dunn.

Its interesting that three of the four soldiers executed by Carrick wearing great coats are half scale figures. Had Carrick portrayed these smaller figures in tunics with full pack and equipment there is a risk that they may well have appeared diminutive or even toy like. The great coat not only simplifies the lines of and also fills out the figure but also, when combined with the pose of head bowed and arms reversed with upturned collar, lend a gravitas and monumentality to these four foot figures.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The replacement figure was cast by Beltane Studios, Peebles.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The original "Wee Man":


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The memorial when "wee man" was in residence.



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ROBSON, WILLIAM

Rank:
Private
Service No:
S/18610
Date of Death:
11/10/1916
Age:
20
Regiment/Service:
Cameron Highlanders

5th Bn.
Panel Reference:
Pier and Face 15 B.
Memorial:
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of John Robson, of Hall St., Walkerburn, Peebleshire.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some clearer close-ups of the panel beside 'The Wee Man'.



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: AIRD, ALEXANDER
Initials: A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 34555
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots, 2nd Bn
Date of Death: 6/5/1917
Age: 39
Additional Information: Son of Hugh and Janet Aird, of Ayrshire; husband of Mary M. Aird, of 24, Greenhead Drive, South Govan, Glasgow.
Grave Reference: IV K 52
Cemetery: Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun

Also named on Peebles War Memorial.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James T Aitken appears on CWGC as:

Name: AITKEN, THOMAS
Initials: T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Service Number: 15417
Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers, 2nd Bn
Date of Death: 2/7/1916
Age: 33
Additional Information: Son of Walter Aitken, of Walkerburn, Peeblesshire; husband of Margaret Lawrie Aitken, of 33, Napier St., Penicuik, Midlothian.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 3C
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial

Also named on Peebles and Penicuik War Memorials.
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