On original site
Inscribed on a plaque
- First World War (1914-1918)
- Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial:
The Cabrach Memorial Cairn was built in memory of those from the Cabrach lost in the Great War 1914 - 1918 and in all subsequent conflicts.
At the turn of the century the remote highland community of the Cabrach had a thriving community of around 1000 people, but after the Great War, the local population was severely decimated and historians have called the Cabrach, ‘The biggest war memorial in Europe’. The Memorial Cairn was built to honour those lost in this and all subsequent conflicts.
The Cairn is built by the efforts of the local people and it not only represents the soldiers from the town but also from the neighboring communities and parishes of Rhyme, Dufftown and Lumsden.
The sacrifice made by the inhabitants of this part of the Scotland has now been discovered as way more then it was previously thought. One historian suggested that it is an astonishing fact that such a small community could have contributed so much towards the sacrifices during the Second World War. Most of the deaths took place during the battles that made to the record as ‘lost in battle’, but a significant number of Cabrach inhabitants died of disease in France and Belgium and were not mentioned in the war records immediately after the war.
The Memorial was built by local community volunteers and funded through public subscription. The Memorial is built in the style of a traditional highland cairn of local stone, gathered from the fields and hewn by hand and is about 2 metres tall.
The Memorial was inaugurated by HRH Prince Charles, at a ceremony held at the cairn in 2015.
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