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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 10:17 am    Post subject: Minto Reply with quote

Minto War Memorial

OS map ref NT566201
UKNIWM Ref No. 44341

Minto War Memorial is situated in its own hedged garden in the grounds of Minto Church. Minto is a tiny hamlet near Denholm which is 5 miles from Hawick.
The Minto War Memorial is one of the most distinguished memorials to be found in the country. The base of stone quarried from Minto Crags is surmounted by a life size statue of a British soldier. Although he wears the uniform of a private soldier, the face of the statue is said to have been modelled on that of Lt. Esmond Elliot, the son of the Earl of Minto who was killed near Ypres in 1917. On the memorial’s completion, the Countess of Minto is reputed to have had the figure turned from its original position of facing the family estate because she said that ‘a British soldier never turns his back on the enemy’. The memorial was unveiled by Sir Douglas Haig in September, 1921, a metal plaque records the names of 7 men who fell. The sculptor of the statue was Thomas J.Clapperton who was based in London (though a native of Galashiels), amongst his other works was the Flodden Memorial in Selkirk and the equally splendid Canonbie War Memorial in Dumfries and Galloway.
If anyone knows of any other work by Clapperton I'd be delighted to hear of it.



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are the 7 names listed for the Great War

James Bell
Francis Berry
Esmond Elliot
Charles S.Harvey
George Watson
David Wilson M.M
William Yule


Unfortunately, a most recent addition was in memory of Lieutenant Alexander Tweedie who died in an Edinburgh hospital on 22nd April. He died of the injuries he received when his Scimitar Armoured vehicle overturned in Iraq on 1 April 2003.
He was Buried at Minto with full military honours on the 1st May 2003.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2006 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you take a compass bearing off the way the soldier faces, it would point towards Germany.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 8:49 pm    Post subject: T.J. Clapperton Reply with quote

Hi Derek,
Nice pictures. Clapperton was born in Galashiels on 14th October 1879 and studied at Edinburgh College of Art before moving South.
As far as I know he was responisble for the following monuments.
'Literature' - The Mitchell Library Dome, Glasgow
Flodden Memorial - Selkirk
Mungo Park Memorial - Selkirk
Robert the Bruce - Edinburgh Castle Entrance
Jimmiy Guthrie Memorial - Galashiels
Newburn Memorial - Church of St. John Lee, Hexham
War Memorials - Minto, Canonbie, Selkirk, Earlston, Galashiels, Shenley (Hertfordshire), Oamaru (North Otago, New Zealand)
World War II Memorial - Wakefield Cathedral
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jamie,

THANK YOU for the info on Clapperton. Where did you find it?
The Jimmy Guthrie Memorial referred to is actually in Hawick, not Gala, it is situated some 50 yards from the Hawick War Memorial in Wilton Lodge Park.

Jimmy Guthrie, sadly, received company a couple of years back with a statue to my other biking hero, Steve "Hizzy" Hislop.
The two of them now overlook each other.




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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Derek,
My pleasure! The info was scraped together from various scraps I've found in Libraries. I only knew about the Jimmy Guthrie Memorial from the sculptor Alexander Carrick's business papers as Carrick carried out all of the on-site work for Clapperton in erecting the memorial. The list I gave is only of Clapperton's monumental works and he seems to have produced a large number of smaller sculptures and architectural works.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jamie,
I found a google link for him tonight:
http://glasgowsculpture.com/pg_biography.php?sub=clapperton_tj

He later received commissions for the Mungo Park and Flodden memorials at Selkirk (1913), and statuary on the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff (1914-37).

After serving in India during World War I, he produced the war memorials at Canonbie (1919), Minto (1921) and Galashiels (1925).

In 1926, he collaborated with the former assistant to Albert Hodge , C. J Doman (1884-1944), on a colossal frieze representing Britannia with the Wealth of East and West for Liberty's department store in Regent Street London.

Clapperton's best known work in Scotland is the statue of Robert the Bruce at the entrance to Edinburgh Castle (1929).

His work in Glasgow is represented by two statues which have aquired affectionate nicknames - the bronze statue of Learning on the dome of the Mitchell Library, which has become known known as Mrs. Mitchell (c.1909), and the bronze group Springtime, on Glasgow Green, which has become more familiar as Peter Pan (1949).

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My thanks to Jane Currie for the following 3 stunning pics. (www.denholmvillage.co.uk)


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that this is my favourite picture - clever use of grey tones with the wreaths still in red. Don't ask me how she did it but it's very clever.


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Blairgowrie Advertiser: 11.08.1917

Lieut. the Hon. Esmond Elliot, Scots Guards (killed), was the youngest son of the late Earl of Minto, K.G., and a brother of Lady Violet Astor, Meikleour by Blairgowrie. He was a page of honour to the King and Queen at Holyrood in the Coronation year. He had been at the Front since October.
The Divisional General writes:- "He is a great loss, always brave and cheerful, loved by everyone both officers and men"

Lady Astor's first husband was killed in 1914 and is commemorated at Kinclaven and Caputh;

Name: NAIRNE, CHARLES GEORGE FRANCIS MERCER
Initials: C G F M
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Major (LORD)
Regiment: 1st (Royal) Dragoons
Secondary Unit Text: attd. 6th Cavalry Brigade.
Age: 40
Date of Death: 30/10/1914
Awards: MVO
Additional information: South African Medal (5 Clasps), Legion of Honour (France), Order of Military Merit (Spain), Order of the Crown (Prussia), Order of the Iron Crown Class II (Austria). Equerry-in-Ordinary to King George V when Prince of Wales, 1909-10 and Equerry to His Majesty, 1910-1914. Sometime A.D.C. to Field Marshal Earl Roberts. Son of Henry Charles Keith, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne and of Maud Evelyn, Marchioness of Lansdowne, of Bowood, Calne, Wilts.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: E1. 10.
Cemetery: YPRES TOWN CEMETERY
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



and sadly, a new name plaque has had to be added:



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