Balmoral Estate Workers (WW1) and Crathie Community (WW2)

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Opposite entrance to Balmoral Castle


Balmoral Estates


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Other monument
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The War Memorial standing opposite the gates to Balmoral Castle, on South Deeside Road, commemorates all the former Estate workers who lost their lives during both World War I and II and to the people of Crathie. It was designed by Dr William Kelly and sculptured by Sir James Taggart. A large upright slim rectangular block has a decorated cross within it. On one side of the cross is an inverted sword and the other side the letter AD and 1914-1918. This surmounts a long rectangular base onto which the names are inlaid as well as a number of swastikas are carved. A small plaque beside the memorial informs the public that the memorial was unveiled by King George V on 3 September 1922. The names of men from the Parish of Crathie who were killed in World War II were added later to the base. It also states that the swastika was a symbol from Sanskrit for the sun, denoting well-being, fortune or luck. The symbol had no sinister meaning at the time the memorial was designed. SWMP Link for names. Unable to place the location pin precisely as Google street view is disabled presumably for security reasons.
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