Private Remembrance

Private Remembrance

Stained glass window in Rafford Church commemorating Major Galloway
Private remembrance is about how communities remember those lost in the war.

Civic and shared remembrance is about how communities – whether geographical or social – remembered those lost in the war. Private remembrance is about how the immediate families remembered those lost.

There are a few examples of private memorials to specific servicemen in the form of stained glass windows or memorial plaques in churches in Moray. The window pictured is to be found in Rafford Church and is in memory of Major Harold Galloway, who was killed in action on 15 September 1915.

Work is ongoing to document all memorials to individual servicemen in Moray. If you are able to add to those listed below, please contact the Moray’s War website.

Examples of private memorials identified to date in Moray are –

Alves UF Church – plaque in memory of T R Miller

Episcopal Church, Fochabers – window in memory of Major Gordon-Lennox

Rafford Church – window and plaque in memory of Major Galloway

Hopeman – tablet in memory of L/Cpl T Millar, 19th Hussars

Elgin – St Columba’s Church – panel in memory of Lt. John Wink

But by far, the commonest form of private memorial is an inscription on a headstone in a local cemetery.

There are also many examples of headstones in Moray cemeteries which record the names of those killed during the war. Some of these are Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstones – others are family memorials which record the names of family members who lost their lives during the war.

The Moray Burial Ground Research Group has 50,000 graves indexed, photographed and transcribed from cemeteries around Moray. Almost all of these are published and accessible in the Group’s publications. The group will continue to work over the next 4 years and beyond until all the cemeteries are recorded, including the private memorials to the war dead on gravestones.

Surnames can be searched on the Group’s website –

At present, the Group does not have sufficient volunteers to undertake any specific Moray’s War project.

Separately from the work of the Burial Grounds Group, all the Commonwealth War Graves in Moray have been identified and photographed. Work is continuing over the next few months to complete this project.