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Remembrance

This is our village War Memorial - in 1914 the village/parish population was under 4,000 as far as I can tell - 35 men died. In the 1939-45 war we lost 36, but the population was a bit higher then.

The memorial was designed by one of the village's most famous sons - Archibald Knox.

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For some reason lj has started cutting off photos, so I didn't get the full impact of this until I clicked through. Very beautiful, the way the red stands out in the light.
It is a very beautiful memorial - not surprising I suppose considering who designed it.
We were quite surprised and moved by all the village memorials we saw when we were in the UK. Every place we stayed or visited seemed to have one. Yours is quite lovely.
One of my friends linked to this - which explains just how few do not have their memorials...

Ours is rather beautiful - but then Archibald Knox was a famous designer.
I saw the thing about Thankful Villages as someone had linked to it in ML. I was amazed that there wasn't even one in Scotland.
I guess the Scots gang oft tae war... and are so often in the thick of it.
Yes, I sort of know what you mean.
A friend, from Argyll, is working for an MA (hopefully then a PhD) and working on war memorials so we discuss them endlessly.
It is so difficult to sort out the variables. Up here we didn't have the PALS Battalions of northern England. But maybe the economic situation was so dire that more people volunteered so that impacted on the percentages? Not sure about that.... But still not even one Scottish village? I think I might see if F (via the university library) can get hold of the original paper.... Did the researchers know Scotland well enough?
I think many Scottish towns and villages already had a good number of the men in the regular army. There might also be a question of definition - what constitutes a village?

Here the memorials are done by parish - and so a tiny hamlet of six or seven houses might lose one man and he is on the parish memorial - the next hamlet might not have lost anyone - but neither has their own memorial, and both think of the one at the parish church being 'theirs'. It might well be the same if Scottish ones are done by parish - there could well be no parish without a loss.

If you take Mum's parish of Bride - in 1918 there were about 20 houses, a church, a chapel, and a schoolhouse in the village - but there are about 10 or 12 names on the WW1 memorial as all the outlying farms are also part of the parish as is the tiny hamlet at the Dogmills.
It was interesting reading about the Thankful Villages. Thanks for the link.
The Thankful villages are most interesting because of how very few there were - those with families of three or four brothers, or brothers and their father, on the one memorial were, sadly, more common.