Black Hill War Memorial

Stonehaven’s War Memorial stands proudly atop Black Hill and over-looks the harbour and town to the North. Deliberately designed to look like a ruin, symbolic of the tragedy of war and the lives destroyed, it is a striking and unusual monument that we visited as part of the popular clifftop walk from Stonehaven to Dunnottar Castle (more of which in the next post).

Around the outside of the lintels are the names of some of the most infamous and bloody battles of the First World War: Mons, Jutland, Gallipoli, Zeebrugge, Marne, Vimy, Ypres and the Somme. It seems fitting, as the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme was commemorated only a few days ago, on 1st July 2016, that these images serve as my own tribute to the fallen of the Great War:

Black Hill War Memorial, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Black Hill War Memorial, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Black Hill War Memorial, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

© Mark Simms Photography (2016)

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6 Responses to “Black Hill War Memorial”

  1. Candia

    I wonder of some of my forebears are featured on this? Any names on it, please?

    Reply
    • Mark Simms

      I think there were names on the inside of the memorial yes, but I couldn’t tell you who I’m afraid.

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    • Mark Simms

      We were there for the first two weeks in June, but I’m sure we’ll be back up at some point because we had a great time.

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      • Scott K Marshall

        The coast gets better as you continue north around Fraserburgh and down towards Nairn past the magnificent Lossiemouth of course

      • Mark Simms

        This time we explored the coast south down to Lunan Bay and the area south and west of Aberdeen across to Royal Deeside, including Aberdeen itself. When we come up next time we’ll do north of Aberdeen. Not sure when this will be though, we’ve booked for the Outer Hebrides next June and we’re off to the Canaries in October for a relaxing week in the sun.

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