War Memorials in Churches etc.


War Memorials in churches, schools, works and other public buildings

In 2014 and for the following five years we will be commemorating the events associated with the First World War.  The ramifications of the war were immense and are still reflected in modern society.  There are still tangible physical markers to the devastation reaped on the population of the Falkirk district – memorials that were designed to remind us of the cost in human lives and suffering.  War memorials were erected in every town and village in prominent, often tranquil, locations.  These form the focus of communal remembrance.

The men and women who served during the war were often members of smaller close-knit groups, such as churches, clubs or works.  These too were concerned to preserve the memory of the contribution made to the great fight for liberty and freedom.  The memorials tend to be smaller in scale, and offer a greater diversity in form.  They range from bronze or stone plaques, to iron gates, stained glass windows, beds in hospitals, paper scrolls, books and furniture such as tables.  They are generally less accessible than the village memorials and so we hope that by bringing them together in this inventory we can highlight their role in the community’s expiation of the horrors of war.  Second World War memorials have been included as part of the same project.

The work of collecting and collating the information is being undertaken by Geoff Bailey, Keeper of Archaeology & Local History, based in Callendar House.  At this stage it is a “work in progress” and we would welcome help from the public.  If you are able to contribute to the material we would be pleased to hear from you – contact flhs.secretary@yahoo.co.uk

We have also been in touch with groups, such as Falkirk Trinity Church, and Larbert Church, who are compiling information about the people on these memorials.  This is a lengthy process and may take several years.  The individuals listed on the memorials were not just names and so we hope to be able to incorporate this additional information into the records over the coming years.

The inventory has been laid out more or less according to the old parishes, that is:

Airth Airth United Free Church Roll of Honour
Bo’ness Carriden Parish Church War Memorial
St Andrew’s Bo’ness Roll of Honour
St. Andrew’s Bo’ness War Memorial Window
Bo’ness Old Parish Church War Memorial
BothkennarBothkennar Church War Memorial
DennyDenny Parish Church War Memorial
Denny Westpark Church War Memorial
St. Alexander’s Church, Denny, Memorials
Dunipace Parish Church War Memorial
Dunipace UF Church War Memorial
Bonnybridge Parish Church War Memorials
Broompark Church War Memorial
Carrongrove Papermill Roll of Honour
Masonic Lodge Dolphin Bonnybridge Roll of Honour
John G Stein Roll of Honour
Falkirk Falkirk Old and St Modan’s Parish Church War Memorial
Falkirk Baptist Church Roll of Honour
Falkirk Christ Church War Memorial
Falkirk Erskine Church Roll of Honour
Falkirk Erskine Church War Memorial
Falkirk EU Church War Memorials
Falkirk Grahams Rd Church War Memorial
Falkirk Grahamston Parish Church War Memorial
Falkirk St Andrew’s Church Roll of Honour
Falkirk St Andrew’s Church War Memorial
Falkirk St James Church War Memorial
Falkirk West Church War Memorials
Bainsford Church Roll of Honour
Callendar Estate Roll of Honour
Camelon Irving Church and St. Johns Church War Memorials
Carmuirs Merchant Navy War Memorial
Comely Park School Roll of Honour
Falkirk High School War Memorial
Falkirk Infirmary Memorial Gates
Falkirk Iron Company War Memorial
Falkirk Officers Roll of Honour I
Falkirk Officers Roll of Honour II
Laurieston Parish Church War Memorial
Laurieston School War Memorial
Laurieston School Roll of Honour
Masonic Lodge Callendar Roll of Honour
Masonic Lodge Callendar War Memorial
Portdownie Ironworks Roll of Honour
GrangemouthCharing Cross Church War Memorials
Dundas Church War Memorial
Kerse Church War Memorial
Grangemouth West Church War Memorials
Zetland Parish Church War Memorial
Grangemouth Town Hall War Memorial
Grangemouth Rechabite Hall War Memorial
LarbertLarbert Parish Church War Memorial
Larbert West Church War Memorial
Stenhouse Parish Church War Memorial
Carron UF Church War Memorial
Carron Company Roll of Honour
Masonic Lodge Carron Roll of Honour
Stenhousemuir Cricket Club War Memorial
Tryst Golf Club War Memorial
MuiravonsideMuiravonside Parish Church Roll of Honour
Blackbraes Lodge of the Loyal Order of Shepherds Roll of Honour
California Church Roll of Honour
PolmontPolmont Old Parish Church War Memorial
Wallacestone Methodist Church War Memorial
Reddingmuir Lodge of the Loyal Order of Shepherds War Memorial
SlamannanSlamannan School Roll of Honour