5. War Memorial

WarMemorial200The war memorial stands in the centre of the village, beside the Village Hall. It is a Celtic cross in grey granite, seventeen feet tall.

Subscriptions were collected in 1920 and the memorial was unveiled on 5 January 1921 by Mrs Macpherson, the wife of the local landowner. The ceremony was attended by the three ministers in Newtonmore and a large crowd, many of whom were relatives of those whose names appear on the memorial.

 
World War I

Most of the local men who joined up had been in the Territorials. Of the twenty eight men who died in World War I, thirteen served in the Cameron Highlanders who suffered losses in the Battles of Neuve Chapelle and Festubert in 1915:-

James Anderson, Private, 7th Australian Infantry
William Anderson, Lance Corporal, 4th Seaforth Highlanders
Donald Black, Private, 5th Cameron Highlanders, Military Medal
James Budge, Private, Australian Infantry
Ewen Cameron, Private, 4th, Cameron Highlanders
Ronald Cameron, Private, 6th Cameron Highlanders
William Campbell, Private, Royal Scots
Duncan Carver, Sapper, Royal Engineers
Donald Cattanach, Private, 4th Cameron Highlanders
John Cattanach, Private, Highland Light Infantry
John Cattanach, Lieutenant, Royal Army Medical Corps
Donald Davidson, Private, 1st Lincolns, Military Medal
James Davidson, Lance Corporal, 2nd Gordon Highlanders
John Fyfe, Private, 4th Cameron Highlanders
John Hendry, Private, 4th Cameron Highlanders
Alexander Kennedy, Private, 4th Cameron Highlanders
Alexander MacDonald, Private, 4th Cameron Highlanders,
Samuel MacDonald, Lieutenant, 7th Cameron Highlanders
John MacGillivray, Private, Westminster Rifles
Alexander MacKenzie, Private, 4th Cameron Highlanders
William G. MacLennan, Lieutenant, 2nd Border Regiment
Angus MacPherson, Private, 4th Cameron Highlanders
J.C.B. MacPherson, Private, 23rd Royal Fusiliers
John MacPherson, Private, 5th Seaforth Highlanders
John MacQueen, Private, 4th Cameron Highlanders
Peter Stewart, Private, 5th Seaforth Highlanders
J.H. Tytler, Lieutenant, 2nd Durham Light Infantry
W.B. Tytler, Lieutenant, 23rd Northumberland Fusiliers

A nurse from Newtonmore, Elizabeth MacDonald, Territorial Force Nursing Service, who died in 1918 during the flu epidemic, also appears on the memorial.

World War II

Fifteen men from the village died during World War II, eight of whom served in the Cameron Highlanders:-

Peter Anderson, Sergeant, Royal Air Force
Alastair Begg, Private Cameron Highlanders
Alastair Drummond, Private, Cameron Highlanders
Donald Drummond, Private, Cameron Highlanders
George Findlay, Private, Seaforth Highlanders
George Laing, Private, Cameron Highlanders
Alastair MacKintosh, L.A.C., Royal Air Force
Gregor MacKintosh, Private, Cameron Highlanders
William MacPherson, Driver, Canadian R.A.S.C.
David McLaughlan, Private, Cameron Highlanders
John Ross, Guardsman, Scots Guards
Robert Russell, Private, Cameron Highlanders
John Stewart, Driver, Royal Engineers
John Williamson, L.A.C., Royal Air Force
John Wright, Corporal, Cameron Highlanders

Sources:

Scottish war memorials project: http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=1073
Watt, P. (2012) Steel and Tartan: The 4th Cameron Highlanders in the Great War
Inverness Courier
Graham Grant

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