Dull War Memorial

PERTHSHIRE ADVERTISER: 08.01.1921 

APPIN OF DULL MEMORIAL 
THE UNVEILING CEREMONY 


The memorial, erected to the men of Appin of Dull, Aberfeldy, who fell in the Great War, was unveiled and dedicated on Tuesday. It takes the form of a rustic cairn 7 ft. in height and 8 ft. in base, with inserted granite inscription panel and surmounted by an Iona Cross in grey granite 6 ft. in height, giving a monument of 13 ft. in all. It is placed in a commanding site immediately above the lower graveyard, and looks out upon a wide stretch of the valley of the upper Tay, extending from Drummond Hill and the braes of Taymouth on the west, to the hills of Grandtully and Strathtay on the east. On it are engraved the names of 11 men from the district, who made the supreme sacrifice for King and country, three of whom came from Canada and one from South Africa. 

A simple but impressive service was held in Dull Parish Church, and, at its close, the congregation, led by children, followed by the ex-servicemen present, marched to the funeral music of the pipers to the site of the memorial. 

The parish minister, in name of the community, invited Mr Francis Willey of Castle Menzies to unveil the monument, as their representative and head. Mr Willey dwelt upon the great part played by Scotland and Scotsmen in the Great War, and referred in touching terms to the noble response given by the men of the district to their country’s call. He further gave expression to his great gratification at being present with his own people and taking part with them in such a sacred and inspiring ceremony. The prayer and Dedication was then offered and at its close “Lochaber No More” was played by the pipers. 

The ceremony closed with the singing of the Second Paraphrase, the National Anthem, and then the Blessing. 

The inscription on the panel is as follows:- “Greater love hath no man than this”. To the unfading memory of the men of Appin of Dull who fell in the Great War, 1914-1918. Pte. Duncan Dewar, Canadians; Pte. Archibald Forbes, Black Watch; Pte. John Dow, Canadians; Capt. Robert Menzies, Black Watch; Pte. James Menzies, Black Watch; Pte. Donald Munro, Black Watch; Guardsman Charles M’Ally, Scots Guards; Sergt. John M’Intosh, African Scottish; Cpl. James M’Intosh, Canadians; Pte. Peter M’Nab, Royal Scots; Sergt. Robert Nicol, Royal Warwicks; “Thig Crioch air an T-Baoghal ach Mairidh Goal”.

 

 

Duncan Dewar    114560

 

Private 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment)

 

Born in Aberfeldy 31st March 1885

Son of Mrs Elizabeth Dewar, Asquith, Saskatchewan

Carpenter

Served 3 years with Scottish Horse 

 

Died 2nd June 1916

Remembered with Honour Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Panel 30,32

 

Archibald Forbes     267819

 

Private 6th (Perthshire) Battalion Black Watch

 

Born Aberfeldy 1885

Resided Perth

Blacksmith

Son of Mungo and Isabella Forbes Croftnamuick Smithy Camserney

 

Killed in Action 10th April 1918

Remembered with Honour Loos Memorial Panel 78 to 83

The Battalion had been in Burbure barely a week before the enemy attacked the Portuguese troops then holding the sector between La Bassee Canal and Armentieres. The action began at 4.30 a.m. on April 8th and was so heavy that the Portuguese troops holding the front line were driven back in confusion. Every available man in reserve was needed and, consequently the 51st Division was once again ordered into the battle. On April 8th the Battalion moved to Robecq, and the following day to Pacaut, going into line that day on the west bank of the Lawe River with the 7th Battalion Gordon Highlanders on its right.

Action followed action in the neighbourhood of Lestrem, Paradis and Pacaut for the next forty-eight hours. The fighting was very severe, and the Battalion lost heavily. The enemy greatly outnumbered the Allies, and the nature of the country, intersected as it was by a river, marshes and small canals, made organised resistance extremely difficult. Though the men were mostly fresh and untried, and though they fought under officers whom they had only known for a few days, their conduct and steadiness were exemplary.

 

 

John Low     29233

Private 16th Battalion Manitoba Regiment

 

Born Inverness 3rd May 1885

Clerk

Had served in the 5th (Highland) Black Watch TF

Son on Andrew Low Balhomais Farm

 

Died 18th May 1915

Remembered with Honour Vimy Memorial

 

 

Robert John Menzies

 

Captain D Company 6th (Perthshire ) Battalion Black Watch

Formely served in  London Scottish

                       

Born 1885

Son of the late Robert and Catherine Menzies, Tirinie.

 

Killed in action 31st July 1917, aged 32

Remembered with Honour New Irish Farm Cementry Reference XXVI. A. 6.

The following account, written by a man of D company, gives a vivid description of what took place in that extremely hard task, namely, the crossing of the Steenbeek River :

“On the evening of July 30th, the Battalion set out under cover of the dark for the next day’s scene of action. To D company was assigned a position behind the British front line trench where with the approach of Zero hour, 3 50 a.m., they were subjected to a merciless bombardment. A scurry was made for the front line trench. But even there things were hot, and many casualties were suffered, amongst the number being Captain R.J. Menzies, formerly of the London Scottish, one of D company’s most highly esteemed and deeply lamented officers.

At 4 a.m. A company went forward, followed by B and C. Good progress was made despite stubborn resistance from numerous enemy  ‘pill boxes’.  Here a tank proved of valuable assistance, dealing more effectively with the hidden machine gun nests than the ordinary infantry was able to do.

 

 

 

James Menzies   266910

 

Private 6th (Perthshire) Battalion Black Watch

 

Born Dull

Resided Glasgow.

 

Killed in action 20th July 1918

 


Remembered with Honour La Neuville Aux Larris Military Cementry

The 6th Battalion led the attack of the 153rd Brigade. Three companies were in the front line, A on the right, C in the centre, and B on the left, D company being in support. At 6 a.m. the attack was launched. The men advanced with great dash, following the barrage, and in a few moments had disposed of a large number of the enemy. After advancing about six hundred yards, the leading platoons found that the wood became very dense, and the attack was held up for a short time by heavy machine gun fire; undeterred, however, the companies pushed on and fought their way forward with great gallantry, and by 10 a.m. the 6th had reached its objective.

Here the Battalion remained practically all day exposed to heavy machine gun and artillery fire. The 6th Seaforths, who originally had been detailed to carry on the advance, had been withdrawn elsewhere, although no information of this change ever reached the 6th Black Watch.

The fighting on the 20th was exceptionally fierce and was carried out under natural difficulties. Foot by foot the men fought their way through the thick wood and undergrowth of the Bois de Courton until they reached the open country beyond, but by that time the ranks had been greatly thinned, and the companies were reduced to groups of men still organised and undaunted. On the left the 6th were in touch with some French Colonial troops, and here Lieutenant McCorquodale with some French Senegalese troops attempted to push on into the open country beyond the wood, but were unable to do so, and eventually fell back on their former position. Shortly after this the French on the right retired and, as little was known of the situation on this flank, the position became rather precarious; the companies, therefore, were reorganised and the line withdrawn a short distance into the wood.

Throughout the whole of the 20th, enemy aeroplanes, flying low over the wood, fired at every target they could see. During the evening, the 6th Seaforth Highlanders took over the line, and the Battalion was withdrawn to a position in the wood some little way back.

Donald Munro   S/43439

 

Private 9th (Service) Battalion Black Watch

 

Born Dull 1897

 

Son of Donald Munro and Margaret Stewart Munro, Aberfeldy

 

Killed in action 26th April 1917, aged 20

Remembered with Honour Guemappe British Cementry, Wancourt, Reference II. D. 1.

 

 

 

Charles McCalley    15551

 

Private 2nd Battalion Scots Guards

 

Son of Charles McCalley,Plean, Stirlingshire, and husband of the late Robina McCalley, Callwood.

 

Died at age of 27 30th November 1917

Remembered with Honour Mentz en Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension II. E. 18

 

 

 

John MacIntosh   3352

 

Sergeant 4th Regiment South African Infantry

 

Born 1879

Son of Mrs C MacIntosh, Tigh Chatton, Aberfeldy

 

Died of Wounds 17th July 1916, aged 37

Remembered with Honour Corbie Communal Cementry Extension Plot 1. Row D. Grave 31

 

 

James McIntosh    436623

 

Corporal Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment) 49th Regiment

 

Born Aberfeldy 1st May 1888

Farmer

Son of John and Margaret McIntosh, Tominteold, Camserney

 

Died 9th July 1917, aged 29

Remembered with Honour Longuenesse (St Omer) Soovenir Cementry Reference IV. C. 49

 

 

Peter McNab   31112

 

Private 15th Battalion The Royal Scots (1st Edinburgh)

 

Born and resided Aberfeldy

Son of John and Catherine McNab, Lurgan Farm , Camserney

 

Killed in Action 26th August 1917, aged 36

 

Remembered with Honour Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 6D and 7D

 

 

 

Robert Nicol   268169

 

Sergeant 2nd/7th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment

 

Resided Moseley, Birmingham.

 

Killed in Action 7th December 1917

Remembered with Honour Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cementry, Manancourt. Reference VI. D. 19.

 

 

Second World War

 

Robert Irvine

 

 

 

James McIntosh

 

Born Perth

Son of  Catherine McIntosh Camserney

 

Died 31st December 1944

Buried Weem Graveyard

 

 

William Morrison   3127664

 

Lance Corporal/Drummer 1st Battalion Royal Scots

 

Born Perth 1910

Resided Glasgow

Killed in Action 26th or 27th May 1940, aged 30

Remembered with Honour Le Paradis War Cemetery, Lestrem

Dull and Weem Parish Church of Scotland Scottish Charity Number SC 001465 Congregational Number 271608