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Aberdeenshire War Memorials Discussion
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DelBoy



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Garvock has now been done. It is unlisted by the UKNIWM.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DelBoy,

Well done. Garvock linked & list updated. Still a few to go here.

Mark
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:00 am    Post subject: WW2 RAF crash memorial at Bennachie Reply with quote

http://www.paisleydailyexpress.co.uk/renfrewshire-news/2013/01/15/memorial-service-is-staged-in-honour-of-tragic-airman-87085-32598110/

A memorial service has been held in honour of a brave Paisley airman who tragically died on the first day of the Second World War.

Alexander Ronald Renfrew Stewart, who was just 24, and pilot Ellard Cummings were on board a flight to RAF Evanton, in Ross-shire, when disaster struck.

Having left from RAF Wigton, in the Scottish Borders, poor visibility led to their Westland Wallace aircraft crashing into the unforgiving Bennachie Hills, in Aberdeenshire, where both men perished.

More than 70 years later, historian James MacKay – who discovered the wreckage – got in touch with the Paisley Daily Express to ask for help to track down any living relatives of Alexander.

He was keen to organise a memorial service for the Buddie and colleague Ellard, as well as another victim of a later crash, and was delighted when a member of Alexander’s family got in touch.

Mr MacKay said: “That was the icing on the cake. It meant we were able to go ahead with planning the service.

“The original memorial cairn was constructed by members of the RAF, in memory of their stricken colleagues. It had fallen into disrepair but we had it rebuilt for the ceremony.”

The event was organised by the Baillies of Bennachie – the guardians of the hills – and Padre Flt Lt Andi Chapman, from RAF Lossiemouth, conducted the service.

Guests of honour were Jim Dobson, who is Alexander’s nephew, and John Cummings, who is the brother of 23-year-old Canadian pilot Ellard.

Also present was Julie Blakey, who is a cousin of RAF pilot Brian Lightfoot, who died in a plane crash on the Bennachie Hills in 1952, at the age of 22.

A bugler led relatives to the crash site, where Jim, John and Julie performed an emotional unveiling ceremony at the refurbished cairn.

Mr MacKay said: “We had a wonderful day at the unveiling and dedication. We had perfect weather, a good crowd and everything went according to plan. It was a fitting tribute to those heroes.”

Former teacher Mr MacKay also paid tribute to the role played by the Express in making sure the memorial service went ahead.

He said: “We already had a good lead with the Canadian pilot’s family but we were desperate to track down Alexander’s relatives and, thanks to the Express, we did.

“I received a call from his cousin, Helen Riddick, who had found out about the memorial event through the story in the Express.

“We were told in advance that Helen might not be able to make it but it was great that another member of the family was able to attend.”

It was on September 1, 1939, that Alexander and Ellard were killed when their plane crashed into the 1,733 feet high Bennachie Hills, which lie 160 miles north-east of Paisley.

Alexander, who was the son of Paisley couple Alan and Elizabeth Stewart, was leading aircraftsman on the doomed flight, which took place amid thick fog.

The Westland Wallace plane had already changed flightpath because of the hazardous weather conditions.

Mr MacKay said: “They could have flown directly over the Cairngorms but decided to switch direction because the fog was getting worse.

“Their line was spot on but the pilot was a fraction too low and they were killed instantly when the plane smashed into the hills.

“The pilot would only have seen the hill at the last moment, which wouldn’t have given him enough time to pull the aircraft back.

“The engine must have stalled because the tail was broken off and, when both men were found, they were still strapped into their seats.”

Alexander’s father visited the crash site soon after the accident and retrieved part of the wooden propeller, from which he made two models of a Westland Wallace – one each for the Stewart and Cummings families.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Muchalls Peace Memorial UKNIWM Ref No. 8690 now done and listed under Aberdeenshire - Other Memorials
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:01 am    Post subject: Re: Aberdeenshire War Memorials List Reply with quote

Adam Brown wrote:
GLENBUCHAT - ROH WITHIN PARISH CHURCH ?


Yes it is. picture of it in link with photo and info on all 7 casualties.

http://www.glenbuchatheritage.com/picture/number99.asp
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huntly Parish Church, Church Street, Huntly (Huntly Cairnie Glass Church of Scotland) has three bronze plaques within the kirk building at the front vestibule commemorating those parish members who lost their lives in both world wars. Photographs exist somewhere and I took a couple today myself but the light is not good and neither is my camera .... by and large the names will be the same as on the civic war memorial, of course. I have access to this building.

Schools - Insch Primary School. Within the building in a corridor is a wall plaque commemorating named Great War casualties. You'll need a short step ladder anyway as the plaque is set high in the wall. It's a narrow corridor with no natural light and may be tricky to get the thing photographed in one undistorted image. I do not have access to this building but feel sure the head teacher and the janny would oblige after school hours.

St. Andrew's Church, Glass (what used to be Glass Parish). Think there are two wall plaques within the building. Building was sold to a private owner after having been closed to Worship for some years. Hasn't been altered within to my knowledge. It is used (but sparingly) with agreement of the owner - Christmas Watchnight services. One of the plaques I recall was to a casualty in one of the first, if not the first tank engagement of The Great War. His parents lived locally. The owner of the building lives locally.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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One of the plaques I recall was to a casualty in one of the first, if not the first tank engagement of The Great War. His parents lived locally.


This relates to George Macpherson, MGC. See link below.

http://www.kinnethmont.co.uk/glass/


The plaques are still there, as you say, no alterations.
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A Beattie



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kinnethmont wrote:
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One of the plaques I recall was to a casualty in one of the first, if not the first tank engagement of The Great War. His parents lived locally.


This relates to George Macpherson, MGC. See link below.

http://www.kinnethmont.co.uk/glass/


The plaques are still there, as you say, no alterations.

That's the man. Nice bronze I think, embellished with tanks. The other personal memorial was/is on the same wall.
Very good. Thankyou, sir.

Andrew.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrew

No tanks i'm afraid, only units - The Buffs and MGC



The other brass is to a distant relative of the British Prime Minister.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:27 pm    Post subject: North UF Church,Stonehaven Reply with quote

The Dundee Advertiser of Tuesday 17th August 1920 reports the unveiling, by Major Riddoch of Stonehaven, of a granite tablet, fixed in the hall of the church, in memory of 9 parishioners who died in the war.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:37 pm    Post subject: Angus Maclachlan,Aberchirder Reply with quote

A plaque in St Marnan`s Church,Aberchirder commemorates this seaman who died at his post on HMS Vindictive on 10th May 1918 during the operation to block Ostend.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:44 pm    Post subject: William Mitchell,RND,Collieston Church Reply with quote

The Church Memorial includes this man who died at Alexandria in August 1915.
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