Major John Somerled Thorpe


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Reference WMO/276951

Address:

St James' Episcopal Church

Ardbrecknish

PA33 1BH

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Obelisk
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Stone obelisk outside the kirk. The Kirk is on the A840 road along south side of Loch Awe, about 8 miles west of Dalmally
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West Face: HE WHOM THIS MONUMENT/COMMEMORATES WAS/NUMBERED AMONG THOSE/WHO AT THE CALL OF KING/AND COUNTRY LEFT ALL/THAT WAS DEAR TO THEM/ENDURED HARDNESS/FACED DANGER AND/FINALLY PASSED OUT/OF THE SIGHT OF MEN/BY THE PATH OF DUTY/AND SELF SACRIFICE/GIVING UP THEIR OWN/LIVES THAT OTHERS/MIGHT LIVE IN FREEDOM/LET THOSE WHO COME/AFTER SEE TO IT THAT HIS/NAME BE NOT FORGOTTEN; East Face-:/SANS PEUR ET SANS REPROCHE?/GREATER LOSS HATH NO MAN/THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY/DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS/TO THE GLORY/OF GOD AND IN LOVING/MEMORY OF MY HUSBAND/JOHN SOMERLED THORPE/MC MAJOR SCOTS GUARDS/OF CODDINGTON HALL/THE COUNTY OF NOTTS/AND ARDBRECKNISH/JOINED SCOTS GUARDS 1893/SERVED THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR/REJOINED HIS/OLD REGIMENT 1914/WAS TWICE WOUNDED KILLED IN THE SOMME BATTLE WHILE TEMPORARILY/COMMANDING 2ND BATTN SCOTS GUARDS/ON SEPTEMBER 16TH 1916 AGED 43/MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES/WAS AWARDED MILITARY CROSS/FOR GALLANTRY AND COOLNESS IN COLLECTING/ISOLATED GROUPS OF MEN AT LOOS & HOLDING/A DEFENCE POSITION FOR/THREE DAYS AND NIGHTS UNTIL RELIEVED/HIS BODY LIES IN THE MILITARY/CEMETERY AT CARNOY

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