Friday photo; Lewis War Memorial

On Friday 24th September 1924 more than two thousand people gathered to witness the opening of the Lewis War Memorial, dedicated to Lewismen and women who had lost their lives fighting for their country. 

The Memorial was paid for by the community, including a substantial donation from Lord Leverhulme, with construction commencing in June 1924 and completed by August of the same year.  Due to its prominent unsheltered spot on the top of Cnoc-nan-uan the building suffered substantial damage to its stonework thanks to the Lewis weather, leaving it unfit for entry by the public, and so has been closed since 1975.  However, plaques which listed those lost that had previously been displayed inside the Memorial were removed and remounted outside so that people may still read them.

For more information on the Memorial, see Stornoway Historical’s Society’s website or for more information on those lost see the blog Faces from the Lewis War Memorial.

About David Powell

Project Manager and Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar
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