Rankinston

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Reference WMO266346

Address:

Littlemill Place

Rankinston

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Pillar/column
Materials:
  • Stone Granite
Lettering: Leaded
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Rankinston is the perfect example of an Ayrshire mining village. As such its current population of around 250 is perhaps less than a third what it would have been at the time of World War One. The war memorial is characteristically modest in size and design: a relatively simple obelisk in grey dressed granite, sitting on two square steps and surrounded by a fence in black-painted iron. However its size and simple design are very much in keeping with the local built environment, and the setting in the heart of the village continues to lend dignity to the monument to this day. (c Scottish War Memorials Project. Many of the names are on the Rankinston District Panel of the Colyton and Rankinston District War Memorial. More photos on IWM and SWMP links.
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6 o'clock face-ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN/OF THIS DISTICT WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919/"THEY GAVE THEIR BODIES TO THE COMMONWEALTH/AND RECEIVED EACH FOR HIS OWN MEMORY/PRAISE THAT WILL NEVER DIE,/AND WITH IT THE NOBLEST SEPULCHRE-/NOT THAT IN WHICH THEIR MORTAL BODIES ARE LAID,/BUT A HOME IN THE MINDS OF MEN." 3 o'clock & 9 o'clock faces- [WW1 names] 12 o'clock face-TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN/OF THIS DISTRICT WHO GAVE/THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR/1939-1945/[names]/THEYDIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

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