Dryfesdale Congregation- Shrine

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Reference WMO/273615


Dryfesdale Parish Church

High Street


DG11 2AF


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Shrine
  • Timber Timber (any)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Shrine with carved wooden frame and rails at the entrance. Wreath and WW1 dates carved into entrance frame. Dedicatory plaque mounted on wall to side of entrance, also a cenotaph of an empty tomb of grey Corsehill sandstone Also a stained glass window, the gift of the young people of the congregation, depicting a mortally wounded young knight, kneeling in prayer and holding up his cross-hilted sword to heaven in token for his faithfulness to death. Above his head shines the victor's crown. A thorn bush breaking overhead into blood-red flower symbolised hardship turned into victory. On the thorn sits the dove of peace. Beneath the figure are two medallions illustrative of the qualities of the true knight-one shows an ancient ship set on fire in battle and a single survivor manning it-illustrating fearlessness, the other shows a youth giving drink to a fallen foe-typifying mercy Wooden board with WW1 names on three panels placed in the centre of rear wall. Tracery pattern with thistle in centre carved above WW1 names. Grape and vine leaf border on three sides. Additional board with WW2 names mounted on wall to the right. Inscriptions carved in relief on both boards. MESSRS BEATTIE & CO (Mason), SIR JOHN R GLADSTONE (Architect), Andrew Irving of Lockerbie (Joiner), J Laidlaw & Son of Lockerbie (Undefined), Mr JH McQueen of Dumfries (Wood Carver), Miss Lilian Pocock of London (Artist) Unveiled Date: 27 November 1922 by Mrs JE MacKenzie of Kintail, Dedicated 27 November 1922 by Revd GT Wright and Revd JA Johnston
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Entryway: 1914 1919 Central board, centre panel: TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN/ REMEMBRANCE OF THE MEN OF/ THIS CONGREGATION WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE/ OF THEIR COUNTRY/ (Names) Central board, left and right panels: (Names) Central board, lower: THEIR NAMES LIVETH FOR EVERMORE Right board: (Names)/ 1939 1945 Plaque: THIS SHRINE/ WAS UNVEILED BY MR J. E. MACKENZIE, LOCKERBIE/ 26TH NOVEMBER 1922 :/ REV. GEORGE T. WRIGHT : B.D. MINISTER/ (Maker names)

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