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LUNNASTING WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled & Copyright © Michael Peck 2008

The Lunnasting war memorial is to be found at Lunnasting, Shetland. It takes the form of a rough hewn obelisk with relief of cross towards top, relief of crossed sword and furled flag with years 1914 – 1918 and a name panel worked into stone. The Second World War panel was added to base which is two stepped. The whole is surrounded by a low wall. There are ten names for World War 1 and eight names for World War 2.
Photograph Copyright © Michael Peck 2008

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THE BRAVE MEN OF LUNNASTING WHO DIED FOR FREEDOM IN THE GREAT WAR.

COOPER

Alexander J

Deck Hand 13509/DA, Royal Naval Reserve. HM Drifter ‘Leader’. Died 19th May 1918, aged 26 years. Husband of Alectina Cooper of Greenroads, Vidlin, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Ford Park Cemetery (formerly Plymouth Old Cemetery [Pennycomequick]). General K.26.38.

GEORGESON

Robert J

Royal Naval Reserve on memorial but unable to identify CWGC and no further information currently.

GILBERTSON

Charles Gifford

Seaman 3305/B, Royal Naval Reserve. HMS ‘Ramsay’. Died 8th August 1915, aged 27 years. Husband of Barbara Gilbertson late of Kirkabister, Vidlin, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial. 10.

JAMIESON

William Hunter

Able Seaman, Mercantile Marine. SS ‘Ribsta’ (London). Died 16th July 1917, aged 29 years. Son of William and (the late) Laura Jamieson (nee Sutherland) of Leveneep Vidlin, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial.

LAURENSON

Alexander

Private S/43364. 8/10th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action 9th July 1917, aged 22 years. Son of William and Helen Laurenson of Lunning Vidlin, Shetland Islands. Enlisted Lerwick, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Arras Memorial. Bay 8 and 9.

MORRISON

George L

Seaman 408/L, Royal Naval Reserve (Shetland Section). Died 23rd November 1916. Son of Mrs Jessie Leask Morrison. Commemorated Vidlin Churchyard.

PEARSON

James

Private 72054. 3rd Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), formerly 43381 Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action 28th March 1918, aged 22 years. Son of Mr and Mrs John Pearson of North House, Sweening, Vidlin, Shetland Islands. Enlisted Lerwick and resident Lunnasting, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Arras Memorial. Bay 10.

PETERSON

Alexander

Able Seaman, Mercantile Marine. SS ‘Hildawell’ (West Hartlepool). Died 20th December 1916, aged 33 years. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Peterson of South Lee. Lunnasting, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial.

SUTHERLAND

Robert

Seaman 1337/L, Royal Naval Reserve. HMS ‘Excellent’. Died 8th March 1917, aged 22 years. Son of George and Robina Laurenson Sutherland of Lunning, Lunnasting, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery. E.26.23.

THOMPSON

Thomas

Wireless Operator on memorial, Thomas Thomson on CWGC. Able Seaman Clyde Z/7920, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Royal Naval Depot Crystal Palace. Died 5th December 1916, aged 21 years. Son of Henry Thomson of Orgill, Lunnasting, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Vidlin Graveyard.

Faithful unto death
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1939 World War II 1945

GRAINS

Laurence Christopher

Able Seaman, Merchant Navy. SS ‘Athelcrest’ (Liverpool). Died 25th August 1940, aged 34 years. Son of Christopher and Mary Grains. Husband of Mary Grains of South Shields, Co Durham. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 11.

LEASK

Andrew Morrison Arthur

Able Seaman, Merchant Navy. SS ‘Maritima’ (London). Died 2nd November 1942, aged 42 years. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 68.

PETERSON

L

Captain, Merchant Navy on memorial. Possibly Laurence Peterson. Chief Officer, Merchant Navy. SS ‘Abbotsford’ (Grangemouth). Died 8th March 1940, aged 38 years. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Peterson. Husband of Catherine L Peterson of Kilchoan, Argyllshire, Scotland. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 1.

RENDALL

Hector

Able Seaman, Merchant Navy. SS ‘Sourabaya’ (Jersey). Died 27th October 1942, aged 38 years. Son of Hector and Janet Rendall of Vidlin, husband of Janet Rendall of Sullom, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 99.

ROBERTSON

A C S I

Seaman on memorial but unable to identify CWGC and no further information currently.

ROBERTSON

L

Seaman on memorial. Possibly Laurence George Robertson. Shipwright 4th Class C/MX96621, Royal Navy. HMS ‘Saunders’. Died 6th July 1945, aged 34 years. Son of Samuel and Olive Robertson of Lerwick, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Fayid War Cemetery. 5.E.18.

SUTHERLAND

George Robert

Private 2881711. 5th battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Died 28th April 1940, aged 21 years. Commemorated Sentzich Communal Cemetery.

WILLIAMSON

Alexander Robertson

Quartermaster, Merchant Navy. MV ‘Port Victory’ (London). Died 30th April 1943, aged 23 years. Son of Robert and Laura Williamson of Vidlin, Shetland Islands. Commemorated Tower Hill Memorial. Panel 84.

Last updated: 16 November, 2008

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