Joined: 24 Jul 2007
Location: Just West of Glasgow
|Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:59 am Post subject: Charles Findlay
|This is a Brass memorial to a single individual, Charles Findlay
St Augustines Dumbarton WM
High Street Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire G82 1LL
OSGB36: NS 3969 7522 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.5924N 4:34.1072W
It is Brass. The form is of a gothic arched window. Approximately 60cm high.
It is hung adjacent to the main wooden WM on the left interior wall of the church.
The upper part of the arch has various insignia and decorations. A central crown with thistle leaves below. Crossed flags on standards. One is a Union Jack. The other is the Kings Colours of Queens Own Cameron Highlanders. A Sphinx with the word EGYPT below the flags. This was a battle honour for the regiment.
The font is gothic in black with certain words or intials picked out in red.
The Findlay Coat of Arms with the motto Fortis in Arduis, is at the top left.
Sacred to the Memory of
Captain in the First Battalion,
Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders [79th Regt]
And third surviving son of the late
CHARLES BANNATYNE FINDLAY OF BOTURICH,
Born 28th July 1864,
Killed in Action on Good Friday 8th April 1898,
While gallantly leading his men over the dervish
Entrenchments at the Battle of the ATBARA.
He joined the Regiment in March 1884, served throughout the
Nile Campaign, 1884-85 [for which he received the Medal with
Clasp and the Khedive’s star] with the Soudan Frontier
Field Force 1889, and in the Soudan Campaign 1898.
At the storming of the Dervish entrenched Camp on the Atbara, The
Camerons in line led the attack of the British Brigade, and to Captain
Findlay’s Company was assigned the duty of tearing a gap in the
Zareba, this was carried out under a deadly fire from an inner
stockade and numerous trenches. Captain Findlay was one of
the first to reach the stockade where he fell mortally wounded.
This Tablet is erected to his memory by the Congregation of
St. Augustine’s Church of which he was a member, and by other
friends, to record their appreciation of his upright and manly character,
and of his dedication to duty both in life and death.
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” Eccles IX. X.