The climb up to the war memorial above Stonehaven was worth it. It is an impressive structure
The names of eight First World War battles are inscribed around the crown of the structure: Gallipoli, Jutland, Marne, Mons, Somne, Vimy, Ypres and Zeebrugge
The names of Second World War campaigns and battles were later added around its base. Steps and a gate lead into the heart of the memorial, and here you find a centrally placed triangular stone on which are inscribed the names of those fromÂ Stonehaven,who fell during the First World War.Â
The memorial was designed by local architect John Ellis, and unveiled on Sunday 20 May 1923.Â
Sources describe it as "round", though it is actually octagonal in shape. The structure has something of the appearance of an ancient ruin. This was deliberate, and meant to signify the many shortened and ruined lives caused by the conflict.
Classic view of the harbour from high up...