Fodderty (Strathpeffer) War Memorial
War Memorial To Men Of Strathpeffer and District
Dedicated Armistice Day 11th November 1933
Inside the right gatepost
Attribution: Mr John W Bruce
Memorial Gates Opened By Ex-Servicemen Representing Comrades
David Macintosh, Farmer, Millnain
Donald Mackenzie, Crofter, Knockfarrel
Name Tablets Unveiled By Parents Representing Relatives
Alexander Macleod, Shepherd, Duran
Donald Macrae, Carpenter, Strathpeffer
“Mors Janua Vitae”
Inside the main gate
Attribution: Mr John W Bruce
Inside the main gate:
Tìr mo chridhe an cèol bu bhinne thigibh dhachaidh gu bràth buaidh leis an laimh a cheanglas an teud briste. Is feàrr dùthchas na gach nì an àm cruadail aithnichear na gaisgich. Sliochd fineachan uasal a ghin o na tuathaich sheas iad an dùthaich anns gach cùis is càs. Fir nach do chuir cùl ri caraid no ri nàmhaid toiseach teachd is deireadh falbh Fir nach do reic is nach do cheannaich a chòir is buainne bladh na saoghal. Fìrinn ‘nan neart ‘nan làmhaibh coimhlionadh ‘nan teangaibh. Is cian bhios iomradh air a ghaisgeach an tùs catha b’fheàrr na ceud. Chlann nan Gaidheal chlann nan gaisgeach leanaibh dlùth ri bhur cliù is bhur n-eachdraidh. Beul a labhras ach gniomh a dhearbhas tha an uaisle mar a chumar i. Cha do shir is cha do sheachainn iad an cath cha do thill ach an cliù mairidh an cuimhne.
Land of my heart the sweetest music come home forever success to the hand that binds the broken string. Heredity is better than all things in time of hardship the heroes are recognised. Offspring of the noble clans who were bred from the country folk they stood for their country in every cause and hardship. Men who did not turn their back on friend or foe first to come and last to go. Men who did not sell or buy justice renown is more lasting than life. Truth in their hearts strength in their hands fulfilment in their speech. Long will there be no mention of the hero at the beginning of battle better than a hundred. Children of the Gael children of the heroes closely adhere to your renown and your history. The mouth utters but actions is maintained. They did not seek nor avoid the battle only their honour returned. Their memory will last.
Cha Do Shir Is Cha Do Sheachainn Iad An Cath
In Honour Of Those Who Served. In Sympathy With Those Who Suffered And In Fadeless Memory of These Departed Who At Duty’s High Command Undismayed And Noble Hearted Died For Home And Native Land.
Within the Left Gateway
1914 - 1918
Alistair Asher Driv MT Royal ASC
Lachlan Bain Sgt Maj 2nd Seaforths
David Bryden Pte Scots Guards
Duncan J Cameron Cpl 68th Royal Engineers
Kenneth Cameron Pte 2nd Seaforths
Alexander Cameron Pte 6th Seaforths
Simon McKay Campbell Pte 7th Seaforths
Sweeton Campbell Pte 8th Canadians [also mentioned on Dingwall War Memorial]
J Mackenzie Campbell Cpl 5th Camerons
Roderick R Clunas Pte 4th Seaforths
Walter Corbett Cpl 4th Seaforths
John Corbett LCpl 4th Camerons
Charles Dempster Gunner RHA
John Dempster Pte Royal Scots Greys
Hugh Dewar Sgt 1st Camerons
John Dewar Pte Highd Lt Infy
Alexander Innes Pte Gordons
James Kemp Pte 4th Seaforths
Alistair MacAndrew Lieut 1st Black Watch
John McCaskill Pte Inniskillin Fusiliers
James MacDonald MM Sgt 4th Seaforths
John MacDonald Pte 4th Seaforths
Kenneth D MacDonald Pte 4th Seaforths
Duncan Mackintosh Pte 4th Seaforths
Finlay MacIver Pte 4th Seaforths
Within the Right Gateway
1914 - 1918
Donald Mackay Pte 7th Seaforths
John R Mackenzie Lieut 21st Canadians
Kenneth Mackenzie Pte 4th Seaforths
Archibald Mackenzie LCpl 9th Seaforths
Thompson Mackenzie Air Mech Royal Air Force
Angus Macleod LCpl 3rd Canadian MGC
David Macleod LCpl 4th Seaforths
Kenneth J Macleod Pte 7th Seaforths
Norman Macleod Pte Machine Gun Corps
Angus Macleod Pte 12th Australian EF
Christopher Macrae Pte Northamptons
George D Macrae Lieut 4th Machine Gun Corps
Peter Macrae Pte Canadian Infantry
Alexander Matheson Lieut 3rd Canadian MGC
William Matheson Pte 28th Canadians
Robert Munro LCpl 4th Seaforths
Peter Murray Pte RAMC
William Murray Pte NCC
Ian Ross Captain 4th King's Liverpool Regmt
George Ross MM Cpl 84th Royal Engineers
Peter Smith Pte F Amb Highd Mtd Brigade
James John Souter Chief Engr Merchant Service
Duncan Stewart Piper 2nd Black Watch
William Sutherland Sgt 4th Seaforths
Adam Sutherland Pte 4th Seaforths
Andrew Tolmie Pte Highd Lt Infy
John Binning Walker Pte 1st Canadian Res Batt
1939 - 1945
Mairidh An Cuimhne
In The Flower Of Their Youth They Marched Forth To Battle, Brave In Heart, Dauntless In Spirit, And Fell, That We Might March Onward To The Fulfilment Of God’s Eternal Purpose.
Robert I R M Aird A/C Royal Air Force
Finlay D Campbell Marine R M Commandos
William J Dempster Pte 4th Seaforth Hrs
Thomas D M Macdonald Lt HMS Courageous
Donald MacKay Pte 4th Seaforth Hrs
Hugh Smith Pte 4th Seaforth Hrs
Theirs The Glory, Ours The Gain.
In 2018, as the centenary of the ending of the First World War approached, the Fodderty War Memorial situated at the entrance to Fodderty Cemetery, was refurbished as part of a Highland Council project to restore war memorials across the region.
Attribution: Photo courtesy of the Editor of the Ross-shire Journal.
L-r: Councillor Margaret Paterson, Alf Leslie, Councillor Angela Maclean.
The memorial was designed and made by A Marshall Mackenzie & Son and by Donald Matheson, a Scottish architect responsible for various projects through the UK, including Australia House in London. An inscription on the memorial reveals that it was erected in memory of “the men of Strathpeffer and District” and dedicated on Armistice Day 1933.
Over the years the metal gates had deteriorated and were in poor condition. The in-house council project, using funds from the Scottish Government and the skills of local craftsmen from Black Isle Bronze in Nairn, James Evans & Sons in Dingwall, and John Hood & Son in Dingwall; has now resulted in the complete restoration of the memorial, under the direction of the council’s war memorial project co-ordinator, Alf Leslie.
The work included restoration of the lettering, scroll work, the stonework surrounding the gates, and painting of the gates, following removal of the old coating then cleaning and repairing the metalwork.