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Town or City: Carmunnock
County: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
WMT Reference Number: WM2397

Value of grant: £5199.00
Type of memorial: Freestanding
Type of work: Conservation and repair
Grant scheme: Small Grants Scheme in Scotland
Year: 2008

UKNIWM reference number: 54471

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Carmunnock war memorial © Carmunnock Community Council, 2008Carmunnock’s war memorial stands opposite Castlemilk Hall. The memorial consists of a sandstone structure with a metal drinking trough in front; it was erected by the Laird of Castlemilk as a tribute to his son who had loved horses. A memorial plaque is on the wall above the trough. This trough is now filled with plants.

In 2008 War Memorials Trust gave a grant of £5,199 for the repair and restoration of the monument, specifically for cleaning the stone, cutting out old joints and re-pointing with lime mortar and re-painting the trough with specialised metal paint. The roughcast covering the monument was also repaired and rendered in line with the original 1920’s design.

Carmunnock war memorial © Carmunnock Community Council, 2008The memorial was erected in the early 1920’s on the instructions of William Stirling Stuart, the Laird of Castlemilk, as a tribute to his son James Stirling Stuart, a Lieutenant in the Scots Guards. Lieutentant Sterling Stuart had been wounded while leading his men on an attack on German machine gun positions at Ypres on 9th November 1914. He later died of his wounds, and his name is inscribed on the Menin Gate. He was 23 years old.

The memorial was dedicated in 1922. Originally it displayed the names of 13 men of Carmunnock who were killed in World War I, listed chronologically from the Laird’s son who died in 1914 to Pte. David Scott, 12th Royal Scots Fusiliers, 1918. A second plaque with the names of the nine men of Carmunnock who died in World War II was added after that conflict.

Carmunnock war memorial © Carmunnock Community Council, 2008Above the names is inscribed a verse from ‘O Valiant Hearts’ by Sir John Stanhope Arkwright (it originally featured in a collection of poems called ‘The Supreme Sacrifice’ and was later used for the hymn ‘O Valiant Hearts’):

“O valiant hearts who to your glory came
Through dust of conflict and through battle flame
Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved
Your memory hallowed in the land you loved.”

Further information

War Memorials Trust reference WM2397
UK National Inventory of War Memorials: 54471

History of Castlemilk and the Stirling Stuarts

If you have a concern about this memorial please contact the Trust on conservation@warmemorials.org

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