Scottish National War Memorial

a postcard from 1931

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Scottish National War Memorial
Scottish National War Memorial - a postcard from 1931

This un-posted postcard was published around 1931 by Valentines.

Postcard Text

Scotland’s worthy Memorial to her gallant sons who fell…1914-1918.

“At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them”

Scottish National War Memorial
Scottish National War Memorial

The Scottish National War Memoriallocated in Edinburgh Castle, commemorates Scottish soldiers and civilians, as well as those serving with Scottish regiments who died in World War I, World War II, and other conflicts.

Robert Lorimer was the chief architect who designed the monument in 1919 and officially opened in 1927.

The names of Scots killed by enemy action or who died from wounds, diseases or injuries during their service in the British Armed Forces, Merchant Navy, armed forces of the Dominions, women’s services and nursing services, together with all members of Scottish regiments, are listed on the Rolls of Honour held within the Memorial.

Those not serving in Scottish regiments must either have been born in Scotland or have at least one parent born in the country.

Casket holding the Rolls of Honour - Scottish National War Memorial
Casket holding the Rolls of Honour - Scottish National War Memorial
The Casket of Wrought Steel in the Shrine, the Gift of King George & Queen Mary and the The Stone of Remembrance which rests directly on the Castle Rock.

“The Casket of Wrought Steel in the Shrine, the Gift of King George & Queen Mary and the The Stone of Remembrance which rests directly on the Castle Rock.” 

Field Marshal Douglas Haig
Field Marshal Douglas Haig

Also featured on the postcard is the memorial to Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, KT, GCB, OM, GCVO, KCIE (19 June 1861 – 29 January 1928)

He commanded the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) on the Western Front during the First World War from late 1915 until the end of the war.

Sources and Further Reading

Poppy Scotland – here to help our Armed Forces.

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