Back War Memorial


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Reference WMO261083

Address:

Garden in a small park beside main road from Back to North Tolsta

Back, Isle of Lewis

HS2 0LA

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other landscape feature
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The memorial for the Back area of Lewis stands by the church in the village of Back, in a walled enclosure with several stones listing the names of the Fallen. The memorial stands close to the B895 road to Stornoway.Gravel area and brick paths surrounded by stone wall and metal gates. In the centre is a stone cairn with dedicatory plaque on the front face. Surrounding cairn are standing stones with plaques for each village with the names of their fallen inscribed in black lettering. At the entrance gates is a freestanding stone tablet which gives the name of the memorial and its unveiling date Back, Tong, Aird Tong, Upper Coll, Gress and Vatisker
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cairn: mar chuimhneachan/ in memory of all those/ from Tong to Gress/ who fought and died for freedom/ in the two world wars/ 1914-1918 1939-1945/ and those who perished in/ the tragedy of hmy Iolaire/ 1 January 1919/ at the going down of the sun and in/ the morning we will remember them./ "rha iad nam balla dhuinn araon/ a dh'oidhche agus a la/ 1 Samuel. 25.16. standing stones: (names) entrance tablet: back/ war memorial/ unveiled by/ George Graham/ (seoras a chran)/ 36 Vatisker/ 10th November2001

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