Carronshore war memorial now complete

A war memorial commemorating the brave sons of Carronshore who fought in the First and Second World Wars has been completed.

By Jonathon Reilly
Wednesday, 3rd June 2020, 4:45 pm

For three years Carronshore Heritage Forum (CHF) members have been planning a lasting legacy to all those who gave their lives for their country.

Made of granite and comprising at least 30 names of fallen Carronshore men, the monument now takes pride of place at the junction of Main Street and Kincardine Road and features commemorative seating and landscaping.

Numerous individuals and businesses have played a part in its construction. Among the most notable are art and design pupils and staff from Larbert High School.

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From left: Gordon Walker, Carronshore Heritage Forum committee member; Colin Wilson, treasurer; Craig Martin, secretary; John McLuckie, chairman; and Stewart Wright, committee member. Picture: Michael Gillen.

The challenge of seeing the project through to completion has been made only more difficult for CHF by the Covid-19 lockdown, with a dedication ceremony placed on the back burner for now.

John McLuckie, CHF chairman, said: “This has been a remarkable journey, at times not easy, but the members were determined to deliver this project for the residents of Carronshore.

“Residents have given 100 per cent backing to this project, from a fantastic response in our feasibility study right through to our fundraising nights and the continued support throughout the past few years.

“We would like to give a special thanks to the 11 local businesses and three voluntary organisations who, along with the residents of Carronshore, and afar, either gave financial support to the project or supplied materials and time.”

Commemorative benches have been installed at the site of the new Carronshore war memorial. Picture: Michael Gillen.

Secretary Craig Martin said: “The members have already received ideas for future projects, from honouring those who worked down the mines in Carronshore to promoting history postings of the village on the footpath to The Kelpies.”

The Carronshore war memorial sits at the junction of Main Street and Kincardine Road. Picture: Michael Gillen.