Balmoral War Memorial

WM name reference IWM5852


Current Location:

Opposite Bridge Lodge Balmoral Estate On the east side of the B976 after the bridge over The Dee and before the entrance to the Balmoral Estate. Crathie Kincardine And Deeside Grampian AB35 5TB


Description:

Panelled Inver granite slab-shaft with carved cross adorned with Celtic braid chip-carving and flanked by sword. On large two-stepped base; larger stepped base containing WW1 names has Fylfots/swastikas ( fylfots: a cross with perpendicular extensions, usually at 90° or close angles, radiating in the same direction - looks very similar to swastikas, position seems slightly different however but is stated in newspaper clippings and referenced as swastikas in informative plaque) in two rows. An Explanatory board erected to the right of the memorial explains that His Majesty George V unveiled the Memorial on 3rd September 1922, dedicated to the memory of the men of the estates who gave their lives in the Great War. The names on the base to the horizontal pedestal are those of the men of Crathie who died in the 2nd World War. The swastika was a symbol of widespread ancient usage associated with the sun and its name comes from Sanskrit denoting well-being, fortune and luck. The symbol appeared on the bindings and title pages of many of Rudyard Kipling's works. The symbol had no sinister associations at the time the Memorial was designed.


Campaign:

World War 1


Inscription:

CROSS: A.D. / 1914 / 1919 / (Names) PLAQUE: THE BALMORAL WAR MEMORIAL / HIS MAJESTY KING GEORGE V UNVEILED THIS MEMORIAL ON/ 3RD SEPTEMBER 1922 AND DEDICATED IT IN MEMORY OF THE / MEN FROM THE ESTATES IN THE AREA WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN THE GREAT WAR. / THE NAMES OF THE MEN OF THE CRATHIE PARISH WHO WERE / KILLED IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR WERE ADDED TO THE BASE. / THE MEMORIAL IS BUILT OF THE SAME GRANITE AS BALMORAL / CASTLE. IT WAS DESIGNED BY DR W KELLY, WHO SPECIALISED / IN CELTIC CROSSES AND WAS SCULPTURED BY SIR JAMES TAGGART. / THE SWASTIKA WAS A SYMBOL OF WIDESPREAD ANCIENT USAGE / ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUN AND ITS NAME IS FROM SANSKRIT / DENOTING WELL BEING, FORTUNE, LUCK. THE SYMBOL APPEARED / ON THE BUILDINGS AND TITLE PAGES OF MANY OF RUDYARD KIPLINGS / WORKS. THE SYMBOL HAD NO SINISTER ASSOCIATIONS AT THE TIME / THE MEMORIAL WAS DESIGNED


Surname First Name Date of Death Name of Memorial(s)
Campbell C 29-10-1914 Balmoral Estate: men of the Royal Household View

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