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51st Highland Division Monument

An unusual memorial on the right bank of the River Tay in Perth, the 51st Highland Division Monument lies on the North Inch, between Smeaton's Bridge and the Lynedoch Monument. The monument was unveiled in 1995 and depicts a soldier-piper receiving a rose from a Dutch girl, commemorating the 51st Highland Division's advance across Northern Europe in the late summer of 1944, following the breakout from Normandy. The statue is a copy of the memorial at Schijndel in the Netherlands, which was unveiled in 1994 to commemorate the liberation of that small town by the Division on 23rd October 1944, with considerable loss of life.

Subsidiary plinths remember the 60th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein in 2002 and the final reunion of the 51st Division Veterans in 2008. Nearby is a small wall plaque which was installed in 2010 to commemorate the men and women of Perthshire who fought in the International Brigades against facism in Spain (1936-39). This plaque includes lines from the Perth poet William Soutar (1898 - 1943).


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