War Memorials of the Falkirk district
A project by Geoff Bailey, Archaeologist & Keeper of Local History
"They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow;
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We shall remember them"
Laurence Binyon, 'Ode of Remembrance'
Ballads, poems, trophies, graves and memorials are as old as warfare itself. They have served to glorify war, as well as to reveal its awfulness. They have exhorted the victorious, uplifted the oppressed and pacified the conquered. All commemorate the dead.
Geoff Bailey, our Archaeologist & Keeper of Local History, has been working on a project that documents the various memorials erected by local Falkirk-area communities in their churches, schools, clubhouses and works. The war memorials take the form of stained glass, tables, hospital beds, gates and flagpoles, as well as the more traditional form of memorial.
We'll be adding to this section of the website over the course of the centenary. Until then, you can find out more about the various commemorative plaques and memorials in the Falkirk area by using the menu on the left.