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Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery

War Memorial Gardens

Abbotshall Road




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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Wall
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Raised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
  • Afghanistan (2001 -)
  • Malayan Emergency (1948-1960)
  • Northern Ireland
  • Palestine (1900-1999)
About the memorial: The War Memorial was paid for by the people of the town and was designed by Scottish sculptor George Henry Paulin (1888-1962). The bronze panels are in the Art Deco style and have a a unique feature amongst War Memorials with the inclusion of a military airship. The Memorial unveiling ceremony was led by Admiral lord Wester Wemyss on 27th June, 1925. The War Memorial Gardens have a number of individual commemorative pieces recognising different conflicts. The Gardens are overlooked by Kirkcaldy's Library, Museum and Art Gallery Building. It was donated to the town by the linoleum industrialist John Nairn in 1925 following the death of his son, Ian, in the Great War. The Memorial comprises a long wall with a central cenotaph to which are attached a series of bronze plaques with names in raised lettering. There have been additions and amendments to the names either by direct addition of lettering or by attaching small metal plates. There is also incised, raised and relief lettering and decoration on the stonework, some of which is painted, and decorative bronze plaques with images. There is a stone tablet in a stone surround on the grass verge to the right of the memorial and a sundial further away in the Gardens, both of which seem to be associated with the main memorial.
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Inscription on museum building (all in capital letters): This building was gifted to the town by John Nairn linoleum manufacturer as part of the Kirkcaldy memorial to those who fell in the Great War 1914 - 1918 (John Nairn's only son, Capt. Ian Couper Nairn, M.C. & Bar, Fife & Forfar Yeomanry, was killed in the last months of the war. The museum includes a display regarding I.C. Nairn) Inscription on metal panel front of cenotaph of First War memorial (all in capital letters): To the abiding memory of those men of Kirkcaldy who gave their lives in the Great War this park and its building are dedicated. Inscription on stone base of cenotaph (in capital letters): Remembrance. Inscription in metal letters on back of cenotaph: Also in gratitude to all who served. Gilded letters in stone above Second War memorial: 1939 Greater love hath no man than this 1945 Gilded letters in stone of altar in front of Second War memorial:In proud memory of the men of Kirkcaldy who gave their lives in the Second World War

(many names, including) Ian C. Nairn, M.C. & Bar, Capt.

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