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Strachur, Argyll 3 weeks 6 days ago #66872

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By Loch Fyne, 19 miles north of Dunoon. Note the inscribed year of Private Crawford's death.

In Memoriam
CAPTAIN DONALD MACLACHLAN
CASTLE LACHLAN
1 ST ROYAL INNISKILLING FUSILIERS
MORTALLY WOUNDED AT VENTERS SPRUIT
SPION KOP, 20 TH JANUARY DIED 1 ST FEBRUARY 1900
PRIVATE NEIL CRAWFORD , LEACHD
ARGYLL & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS
KILLED AT MAGERSFONTEIN, 11 TH DECEMBER 1898

SEIDIDN AN TROMPAID







SCOTT & RAE
SCULPTORS
GLASGOW
1905


The above is on the small stone which is below the right-hand corner of the plaque.


Castle Lachlan, the seat of the Clan Maclachlan - www.castlelachlan.com/

Leachd is a small settlement a couple of miles southwest of Strachur.

I looked up the Dunoon Herald from December 1899 through to the end of March 1900, and found no mention of either man. Also checked Strachur churchyard for any possible inscriptions on family gravestones, but nothing there either.

The photo of the inscription has been edited to help make the wording more readable.

In the last photo there's snow on the mountain tops in the right-distance.
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Strachur, Argyll 3 weeks 5 days ago #66879

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That must have taken some tracking down!?
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Strachur, Argyll 3 weeks 5 days ago #66882

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The driver (who was American) of the bus from Dunoon to Strachur told me where the memorial was sited (he knew of the Boer War), and I'd only walked 100 yards from the bus stop when someone I'd arranged to meet came along and took me the remaining mile in his car.

The bus driver had stayed on in the area after the Submarine Base at Holy Loch closed in 1992. www.aboutsubs.com/holy-loch.htm

Nice day out, and I got to meet some interesting people.

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