Cambrai War Memorial

After the memorable battle of Cambrai

After the memorable battle of Cambrai, towards the close of 1917 and the end of the war, 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 Blackwood), which also gives prominence to the gallant part played by the Territorial Seaforths in 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, Achindunie (who went out with the Battalion in October1914 and led it in the field for a time after ill-fated Neuve Chapelle), set about the preserving of as much of the Memorial as was possible. With other devoted Seaforth friends, and in conjunction with the Seaforths’ Re-union Club, he had the remnants brought over to this country in 1924, 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.

In the North Star of the 14th March 1925 there was an account of unveiling of the restored cairn. The North Star account is available to read by clicking on the button below:

Cambrai War Memorial Plaque No. 1
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Cambrai War Memorial Plaque No 2

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

Cambrai War Memorial Plaque No 3