Civic Remembrance

Civic Remembrance

Elgin War Memorial.
In many areas, the preferred form of memorial was for some kind of monument.

Examples of civic remembrance are obvious in most communities in Moray, in local war memorials now owned and maintained by the Moray Council.

The First World War was unlike earlier wars. Its duration, nature and the consequent scale of loss of life had not previously been encountered. Earlier conflicts had generally not resulted in the commemoration of the loss to the community – largely because such scale of loss to communities had not been experienced.

Even before the end of the war, local communities had begun to discuss appropriate ways to commemorate their war dead. The usual approach was to establish a committee tasked with the development of a fitting memorial to those who had died. In those days, there was no government funding and therefore these committees spent much of their time in fundraising.

In many areas, the preferred form of memorial was for some kind of monument but a wider debate on the form of commemoration took place in some communities. The Advisory Committee on War Memorials, established in February 1919, was designed to assist communities in commemorating their war dead. It provided advice to the local War Memorial committees that 'neither costliness of material nor profusion of ornamental detail is in itself an object to aim at'.

In some communities, there was much discussion as to whether the memorial should be utilitarian or ornamental. At times, there were also disagreements about the location of such memorials but there was also an abiding wish to recognise the community’s loss.

In Moray, there are examples of simple memorials in smaller communities and there are also examples of more elaborate civic war memorials in the larger communities. Their location in Moray is -

Aberlour – The Square

Alves – on A96 at west end of village near school

Archiestown – The Square

Birnie – on churchyard wall

Buckie – Cluny Square

Burghead – Grant Street

Cabrach – plaque in church

Craigellachie – Victoria Street (adjacent to church)

Cullen – overlooking The Square

Cummingston – on main road through the village

Dallas – west end of village on Knockando Road

Delnashaugh – near Delnashaugh Hotel

Deskford – beside church

Duffus – beside church

Dufftown – Balvenie Street

Dyke – plaque on wall of cemetery entrance

Edinkillie – on church boundary wall fronting onto car park

Elgin – Plainstones, High Street

Findochty – vantage point on Sea Braes, west of village

Findhorn – junction at entrance to village

Fochabers – entrance to Gordon Castle

Forres – St Catherine’s Road near Victoria roundabout

Garmouth – High Street

Glenrinnes – in cemetery

Grange – on Keith-Banff road, 5 miles from Keith

Hopeman – Memorial Hall

Keith – Church Road

Kellas – east end of village

Lossiemouth – Clifton Road, built into rock face

Lhanbryde – Old Cemetery, St. Andrews Road

Miltonduff – junction of Distillery Road

Mosstodloch – on A96 in centre of village

Mulben – beside hall

New Elgin – Cemetery Drive, New Elgin Road

Newmill – part of clock tower

Pluscarden – entry to drive leading to Pluscarden Church

Portgordon – Gordon Square

Portknockie – Church Street

Rafford – junction at B9010

Rothes – Anvil Gardens