HM Yacht Iolaire Disaster Cairn

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Reference WMO258569


Carn Gardens

Town Hall

Point Street

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Cairn
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
  • Stone Slate
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: A Cairn built of 201 Stones- 1 from the home village of each man lost in the disaster. The dedication is on a slate tablet on a wall, and there is also a memorial bench. There is also a pictorial slate tablet on the wall behind the cairn. The disaster occurred on January 1st 1919 as 280 men from the island were returning home from the war.
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Pictorial Tablet- 1.1.1919----HMY IOLAIRE Royal Navy Reserve/173 Lost/1-1-1919 Royal Navy/6 Lost/1-1-1919 Royal Marine Light Infantry/1 Lost/1-1-1919 Mercantile Marine-21 Lost/1-1-1919 a'cuimhneachadh/le bron Dedication Tablet- Carn Cuimhneachain na h-Iolaire/Tha 201 clach anns a' charn sea, air an cruinneachadh/le aigridh a Leodhas, Na Heatadh, Bearnagraigh (Na/Hearadh), Tir-mor na h-Alba agus Sasainn. Tha gach clach/a' riochdachadh nam bailtean bhan tainig gach fear a/chailleadh, agus tha iad air an cumadh mar a leanas: This Cairn contains 201 stones collected by young people/from Lewis, Harris, Berneray (Harris), Scottish Mainland/and England. Each stone comes from the home village, town/or city of a victim and are arranged as follows: North Face An Toabh Siar agus Nis 51 caillie South Face Na Lochan 33 caillie Na Hearadh 5 caillie Bearnaraigh (Na Hearadh) 2 caillie Sasainn 18 caillie East Face An Rubha 39 caillie Tir-mar na h-Alba 2 caillie West Face Sgire Steomabhaigh 8 caillie Tolastadh agus Am Bac 20 caillie Uig agus Bearnaraigh 23 caillie Gu h-iomlan.......... 201 caillie

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