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Alma Works & Netherward Works , ARBROATH
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An excellent article, well done.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:22 pm    Post subject: Alma Works / Netherward Works Memorial Arbroath Reply with quote

The ARBROATH HERALD is to publish a story about the Alma Works & Netherward Works war memorial being traced and they were to have their photographer attended the locus to take a photograph for their weekly newspaper . The Arbroath Herald is published on a Friday each week .

Yes , thanks Adam & Mark ..... it is good to get a good result


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That Courier is a fine paper and its Arbroath reporter is a credit to his craft Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:34 pm    Post subject: Alma Works - Netherward works Arbroath Reply with quote

Yes, the Arbroath reporter of the Courier & Advertiser did a good write up for the newspaper . I congratulated him !

Good detective work by the member of the Public too . Seems he must have had some knowledge in this before with his persistance in finding its present location and then visiting the locus as well to establish that it was there !
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:30 pm    Post subject: Alma Works & Netherward Works Arbroath Reply with quote

ARBROATH HERALD : Friday 8 January 2010:

GREAT WAR MEMORIAL REDISCOVERED : Was Moved to New Development :

Report by Gordon Cook

A Few weeks ago we carried a plea by reader PATRICK W. ANDERSON regarding the whereabouts of the ALMA WORKS and NETHERWARD WORKS GREAT WAR MEMORIAL that had been on display at ARBROATH'S SIGNAL TOWER MUSEUM.

The memorial had been on the premises of Messrs FRANCIS WEBSTER & SONS LTD and was created to commemorate employees killed in the Great War.

Mr Anderson saw it at the Signal Tower in April 1993 , while on police leave from Keighley , Yorkshire , to his native Arbroath.

But when he went to look again for it recently it had disappeared , and nobody seemed to know where it had gone . Mr Anderson was particularly anxious that it should be traced because the UK NATIONAL INVENTORY OF WAR MEMORIALS at the Imperial War Museum in London had it recorded as being at the Signal Tower.

But on Tuesday he was back in touch with good news.

Mr Anderson had learned that during the conversation of the Alma Works into flats the Memorial had been re located in the development , which is now known as Weavers Close .

There is a plaque outside recording the unveiling by the Rt Hon Michael Forsyth, MP, then Secretary of State for Scotland and the unveiling date of June 24, 1996.

Mr Anderson was unsure if the Memorial had been put in place for the official opening , but this has now been confirmed for us by Mr Roy Clark, of Baxter Clark & Paul , who was the project architect for the Alma Works redevelopment .

Mr Clark told us ," The Plaque is back where it came from , where it belongs ."

In a further development Mr Anderson added, " As a result of your publishing the story I received a phone call from a member of the Arbroath Public who read the report and noticed his Great Uncle , GUNNER DAVID AITKEN , Royal Field Artillery , aged 21 years , as a casualty on June 28, 1918. He was listed on the NETHERWARD WORKS section of this memorial . The man now intends to visit his great uncle's grave in France.

And in a final message Mr Anderson added a snippet about another caller who remembered him when he was a little boy and she worked for solicitors Clark Oliver - for which post she had been interviewed by Mr Anderson's father !



The article in the Arbroath Herald for Friday , 8th January 2010 shows a photograph of "The Alma Works First War Memorial in Weavers Close ."



( Thought this article may be good material for any future research into this Memorial relating to Flax mill / sail cloth firm in Arbroath )


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may be worth mentioning the works were renamed "Alma" in the 1850's shortly after the success in the battle of the same name during the Crimean War.

There was for many years a pub acoss the road called the Alma Bar, it closed around the time of the millenium due to flooding and is now a business premesis.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:25 pm    Post subject: alam works Reply with quote

This week I had a phone call from an Arbroath resident who said that her relatives are both listed on this war memorial in the town ;

CWGC

Gnr 635342 Edward Beattie WILLIAMSON, 119 Bty 27th Bn Royal Field Artillery aged 22 died 22 October 1918
son of Alexander Dorward Williamson & Isabella C.K. Williamson of 59 Kinnaird Street Arbroath Forfarshire

buried Etaples Mil cemetery grave LXVII K 29

Listed SNWM Edinburgh Castle

Gnr 635342 Edward Beattie WILLIAMSON , Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery born Arbroath

DIED F & F 22nd October 1918

(listed on the Arbroath town war memorial )
listed in the Arbroath & District roll of honour for WW1 as an apprentice mechanic with Messrs Francis Webster & sons and he joined the Territorials in February 1912 and went to France in 1915 . He served in Italy and then engaged in fighting in Northern France and Flanders . He was in No 4 General Hospital France suffering from a poisoned hand when he took pneumonia and died 22nd October 1918 . Photo in this publication of him

the other relative of the above casualty on this memorial is :

CWGC
A B Clyde Z /7290 Lawrence WILLIAMSON , Nelson Bn RN Div
RN V R
died 13th November 1916
listed Thiepval Memorial pier & Face 1 A
no next of kin recorded on the CWGC

SNWM Edinburgh Castle :

A B Clyde Z/ 7290 Lawrence WILIAMSON, Nelson Bn RN Div, RNVR

died 13 November 1916

He is listed on the Arbroath & district roll of honour book for WW1 ;
Able Seaman Lawrence WILLIAMSON, RN Div aged 20 years , youngest son of William WILLIAMSON and his wife , 3 Walker Place Arbroath. On leaving Arbroath high school he entered the offices of Messrs Francis Webster & Sons , Alma Works and he enlisted under the Derby scheme a fortnight before his completion of his apprenticeship as a Mercantile clerk . He enlisted in the RN on 16th November 1915, and he went to France during June 1916 and was in trenches and then on 13th November 1916, he took part in the Battle of Ancre in which the battalion suffered heavy losses . Reported missing and he was later confirmed as being Killed in action
He I see is also listed on the Arbroath high School war memorial and I hear that his father was Editor of the Arbroath Herald .


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