Lost Dennyloanhead war memorial is given new home

John Penman at the new Dennyloanhead memoiral, with former Head of Muir Primary pupils Harry Kemp, Aidan Rose and Jennifer Reid, who now attend Denny High. Picture: Michael Gillen
John Penman at the new Dennyloanhead memoiral, with former Head of Muir Primary pupils Harry Kemp, Aidan Rose and Jennifer Reid, who now attend Denny High. Picture: Michael Gillen

It might list only four names, but Dennyloanhead’s war memorial commemorates the huge sacrifices made by one small community.

The first Remembrance service at the new monument was held on Sunday after it was unveiled on Friday by local schoolchildren and the businessman that was the driving force behind its creation.

A heavy stone plaque listing the four servicemen killed in World War Two previously hung in the former Dennyloanhead Parish Church.

The church closed and was later converted to a furniture showroom. The plaque was presumed lost until found by John Penman, owner of nearby Cloybank Estate, when he was renovating the building in 2008.

He enlisted the help of pupils from Head of Muir Primary School to design a cairn to house the memorial in a prominent position at Dennyloanhead Corner, close to the former church and The Crown Hotel.

The stone bears the names of four young men of the parish: James Coulter, Hamish Fraser, Dan Faulds and William Stewart.

On Sunday, Elza Lamb, the daughter of William Stewart, laid the first wreath at the new memorial. The 71-year-old was just nine months old when her father went overseas to serve with the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. He was killed in action in Sicily in 1943.

“I can remember when the memorial was first put up in the church,” the retired university administrator said.

“I’m really pleased that it has now been relocated, so people can see it.

“The location is particularly fitting as it’s just across the road from where my family stayed in Crown Place, which is now demolished.”

Elza and her brother Drew, who know lives in Canada, were raised by their mother Agnes Stewart.

“She never remarried. Butr she did a terrific job on her own,” said Elza.