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Lewis War Memorial

Comprising a castellated tower, prominently located on the hill of Cnoc nan Uan, between Maryhill and Laxdale in Lewis (Outer Hebrides), the Lewis War Memorial lies a mile (1.5 km) north northwest of the centre of Stornoway. The memorial was erected by public subscription and dedicated by Lewis's laird William Hesketh Lever, Lord Leverhulme (1851 - 1925), on the 24th September 1924 to honour the 1,151 Lewis men who died during the First World War. Leverhulme contributed significantly to the £4000 cost. The architect was J.H. Gall of Inverness and the monument is 26m (85 feet) in height. Inside a staircase rises to four chambers which contain bronze plaques bearing the names of the dead. In 1958, further plaques were added to record the names of the 376 men and women who had died in World War II.

Due to deterioration of the structure, the monument was closed to the public in 1975. Despite a significant restoration project, safety concerns still prevented public access and the plaques were remounted outside on a circle of granite stones in 2002.


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