WAR MEMORIALS : DUMBARTON
LEVENGROVE PARK - FIRST WORLD WAR (1914-1918) AND SECOND WORLD WAR (1939-1945)
The Dumbarton War Memorial was unveiled on 1 October 1922 to honour and record the names of the residents of Dumbarton who were lost during World War One. The names of soldiers lost during later conflicts have been subsequently added to the memorial. The memorial is situated in an excellent place for contemplation on the edge of Levengrove Park and overlooking the Clyde.
The plaque on this attractive bench reads :
This Commemorative Bench is a Gift to the People of West-Dunbartonshire from the Dunbartonshire Argyll Somme Association in lasting memory of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our country
Lest We Forget
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUMS website : https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/84968
DUMBARTON CENTRAL STATION - DUMBARTON AND BALLOCH JOINT RAILWAY
This commemorates the First World War (1914-1918) with a mounted brass plaque on the inner wall of the booking office.
PRO PATRIA/1914 THE GREAT WAR 1919/ IN MEMORY OF/ THE RAILWAY EMPLOYEES OF THE / DUMBARTON AND BALLOCH JOINT LINE/ WHO HAVE FALLEN/ (Names)/ ERECTED BY THEIR FELLOW WORKERS
MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS - BOER WAR (1899-1902)
The name of Peter Denny stands out.
In our current age of embarrasment about Empire, it is pertinent to consider what the "Boer Wars" actually were.
These are wars of many names. For the British they were the Boer Wars, for the Boers, the Wars of Independence. Many Afrikaaners today refer to them as the Anglo-Boer Wars to denote the official warring parties.
The first Boer War of 1880-1881 has also been named the Transvaal Rebellion, as the Boers of the Transvaal revolted against the British annexation of 1877. Most scholars prefer to call the war of 1899-1902 the South African War, thereby acknowledging that all South Africans, white and black, were affected by the war and that many were participants. [BBC History website].
Unlike the other war memorials noted in this section, this was a war between those expanding the British Empire, "defending" its commercial interests in southern Africa (it was not yet "South Africa") and vying for the resources, mainly minerals that lay beneath this soil. The defenders were the Boers, a name simply taken from the Dutch and the language that had evolved from it, Afrikaans, for farmer. And they too had taken over this land from the native tribes.
So "fighting for their country" is very questionable. Yet this memorial is very important in understanding the history that we have inherited and which formed that place that we live in today. Much of the history of West Dunbartonshire runs alongside that.
ERECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF DUMBARTON IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO LEFT THE BURGH TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN SOUTH AFRICA AND WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES DURING THE PROGRESS OF THE WAR 1899 - 1902
"DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI"
CAPTAIN PETER ROBERT DENNY 1ST (KINGS) DRAGOON GUARDS. ATTACHED TO THE 14TH HUSSARS
DRIVER W. WALLACE. ROYAL FIELD ATTILLERY
"" J. MCGHEE. SCOTTISH RIFLES
"" F.CADNEY 1ST HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY
"" J. PONSONBY A. & S. H. (MILITIA)
1ST DUMBARTONSHIRE RIFLE VOLUNTEERS, SERVICE COMY.
ARGYLL AND SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS
SERGT. J. C. MORRISON
CORPL. W.L.L. FITZWILLIAMS
L.CORPL. T. STEVENSON
PRIVATE R. M. DUNCAN
"" W. KELLY
"" D. W. .MOORE
"" M. DONNELLY
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUMS website : https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/13357 and https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/names/search?filters%5BmemorialString%5D%5BDumbarton-Boer%20War%20%28WMR%2011411%29%5D=on
The Armed Forces Veterans Association of Dumbarton has premises on Platform 2 of the station. You can pop in when it is open to chat to the volunteers about what they do and to view their displays. Open Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
1000 to 1400hrs (10am - 2pm ),