Sunnyside War Memorial fears

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Members of the Royal British Legion Scotland Montrose say they are concerned about the fate of the Sunnyside Hospital War Memorial.

The memorial sits in the Sunnyside grounds adjacent to the main hospital building.

With the Sunnyside Hospital site now on the market, the main worry is that the memorial will be lost after the site is purchased by a developer or removed to an unsuitable location or even worse destroyed.

The RBLS have checked the names on the memorial and they found that D Findlay and A Macintosh are not recorded on any other local memorial, the other names of W M Brown, J Dalgetty, W Milne, F Ritchie and W Ross can be seen on the Hillside memorial, with the exception of T Foreman whose name is found on the Craigo Memorial.

In the photo at the foot of the memorial at Sunnyside there can be seen a small wooden poppy cross planted at its base.

Ian Robb, branch secretary, said: “ As these have only been available in the past few years, it looks as though someone still has a connection with the stone. The Royal British Legion are keen to find the person who placed the cross at Sunnyside recently in order to follow up the final sympathetic disposal of the memorial.“

The memorial is minimalist in style and is composed of one large natural flat fronted stone sitting neatly on top of another large stone base. The site has been previously maintained and cypress and rhododendrons have grown up to frame it. The Sunnyside grounds are becoming increasingly difficult to access since vandalism prompted the closure of the roads to the site.

If you have any further information about the names of the fallen or you know who may have placed the wooden poppy tribute please contact the Montrose Review on news@montrosereview.com or call Ian J A Robb, branch secretary of the Royal British Legion Scotland in Montrose, on 01674 672263.