IN SCOTLAND, it is estimated there are around 6000 war memorials built to commemorate those killed or who died of their injuries in the theatres of conflict around the world.

In Clackmannanshire, there are 12 war memorials, including the Boer War Memorial in Alloa, all of which are cared for by Clackmannanshire Council.

The Clackmannan War Memorial stands within gardens between Kersegreen Road and Kirk Wynd, known as the Clackmannan War Memorial Park. It was designed as a place of quiet contemplation and reflection.

Constructed of stone, the memorial has a tall column on a rectangular pedestal that sits on a square plinth and is surmounted by a medieval floriated cross on a square of stone, known as a capital.

On the column’s north side is a sword with its tip pointing towards the ground.

It is decorated with carved shields and each of the four faces of the pedestal are engraved, with the names of the fallen from World War I on two faces, and those of World War II on the east face with further names engraved on the base of the pedestal.

In all there are 52 names of those killed, including their rank and decorations, from World War I, and 21 names are listed of those killed during World War II.

Among those listed from World War I are Captain the Hon Robert Bruce, Master of Burleigh, and two men who were decorated with the Military Cross, Lt F. Burns and Lt P. Harrower.

On the main north face just below another carved shield are inscribed the words ‘Glory to God and in memory of the men of Clackmannan who gave their lives in the Great War’.

Immediately below this is engraved ‘Their name liveth for ever more,’ It stands on a two stone stepped base surrounded by a circular brick pavement.

The freestanding structure remains in its original position, unlike the Boer War memorial which is the only one in Clackmannanshire believed to have been moved.

The monument was designed by architect Sir Robert Lorimer in 1919 at a cost of £900 and was unveiled in 1921

He was responsible for many war memorials throughout the country and is most famous for the creation of the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle which was unveiled in 1927.

In the early summer of 2017, some of the brick tiles from the pavement of the Clackmannan War Memorial were damaged.

These have since been repaired. However, some of the inscriptions are being slowly eroded by weathering.