Dingwall Cambrai War Memorial


The Cambrae Cross, Dingwall.






CAMBRAI WAR MEMORIAL

After the memorable battle of Cambrai, towards the close of I9I7, a mound of stones, with a tall wooden cross surmounting, was erected to the memory of the Seaforth Territorials who fell during the strenuous fighting, the moving story of which is told in the "History of the 51st (Highland) Division" (published by Blackwoods), which also gives prominence to the gallant part played by the territorial Seaforths on other parts of the fighting line. The citizens of Cambrai, in gratitude to the Seaforths, placed tribute tablets on the Memorial, and there it stood during the seven years since its erection, the tall wooden cross being a conspicuous feature.

Circumstances rendered necessary the demolition or removal of the memorial mound and, with the loyalty and devotion to old comrades characteristic of him, Colonel T. W. Cuthbert, Achandunie (who went out with the Battalion in October1914 and led it in the field for a time after ill fated Neuve Chapelle), set about preserving as much of the Memorial as possible. With other devoted Seaforth friends, and in conjunction with the Seaforths' Re-union Club, he had the remnants brought over to this country in1924, and steps were taken for their restoration and re-erection in Dingwall. The unveiling of the restored remnants, with the additions necessary to complete the cairn, was carried out on Thursday 12th March 1925. Since then the cross has had to be renewed on several occasions.

FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS, N.C.OS. AND MEN OF THE 4th Seaforth Highlanders WHO WERE KILLED IN ACTION AT FONTAINE-NOTRE DAME ON THE 21st. & 22nd. NOVEMBER 1917
 
Capt.A.K.Fraser M.C.
Capt.A.M. Macdonald D.S.O
Lieut. E.A. Mackintosh M.C.
204806 Sgt. T.Macdonald
200497 Sgt. T. Sharp
201559 L/Sgt. D. Grierson
200564 Sgt J. Mackenzie
201709 Cpl. M. Hargreaves
200156 Cpl. J. Hossack
203066 Pte. G. Brown
22335 Pte. P. Martin
13237 Pte. W. Pennington
203105 Pte. P. McArney
242345 Pte. J. Smith
204223 Pte. A. Blue
201268 Pte. W. Roach
204054 Pte. R. Stevenson
267582 Pte. T. Mowatt
10959 Pte. A. Grant
202147 Pte. W.C. Reid
40846 Pte. J. Gray
Lieut. N.Sutherland
2nd. Lieut. S.McMonnies
241136 L/Cpl. H. Burnett
20004 L/Cpl. A. Fridge
267305 L/Cpl. A. Sinclair
241360 L/Cpl. J. Calder
202678 Pte. J. McGravel
266347 Pte. T. Diamond
201460 Pte. W. Downes
8264 Pte. T. Dorans
203162 Pte. A. Campbell
41035 Pte. J. Adamson
203054 Pte. D. Harvey
45911 Pte. D.M.Rodgers
201848 Pte. H. Pacey
9296 Pte. W. Stevenson
41044 Pte. W. Bain
15826 Pte. J. Gervaise
Attd. 154th. M.G.C. -
201788 Pte. H. Bowers

"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOREVER"

Click here for an extract from The North Star of 14 March 1925 regarding the unveiling of the Cambrai Memorial.

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