Commando Memorial - Spean Bridge

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  1. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    20 October 2011 Last updated at 14:45 Share this pageEmailPrint

    Floral tribute stolen from Lochaber Commando Memorial

    The monument is dedicated to commandos who trained in the area
    A floral tribute has been stolen from a military memorial in Lochaber.

    The Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge is dedicated to those who trained in the area during World War II.

    A nearby memorial garden honours servicemen and women killed in conflicts, including operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Northern Constabulary said the tribute was taken sometime between 14 October and 18 October. The force has appealed for information. A donation box was stolen from the memorial in November 2008.

    BBC News - Floral tribute stolen from Lochaber Commando Memorial

    In September this year, it was revealed that the memorial site would need to be expanded because so many tributes were being laid and ashes scattered there.

    The Commando Veterans Association alerted Highland Council, which owns and maintains the site, to increasing pressure on the site.

    The memorial overlooks the Great Glen and the hills, glens and moorland where soldiers trained for missions during World War II.

    During the war, members of Winston Churchill's "secret army", the Special Operations Executive (SOE), were also believed to have trained in Lochaber
  2. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    What next!
    Is this the new low or latest low people with no thought of others just their own greed have stooped to.

    It just beggers belief
  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Went to see it last week.

  4. No.4CommandoBairn

    No.4CommandoBairn Well-Known Member

    Lovely photos - I'll be there again in November.

    I'll be taking a plaque up this year to join my friends' tributes to their dads/relatives.
  5. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Thanks for the lovely photo's
  6. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin


    Excellent photos and thank you for posting.

    Many years ago on my first Holiday in Scotland I stopped and photographed the Monument and later spoke to my father, who went on to tell me that as part of his Recce Training he attend a course with the Commandos.

    I took it with a pinch of salt at the time and it was only later on when reading about the Recce that I found he was not joking.

  7. No.4CommandoBairn

    No.4CommandoBairn Well-Known Member

    One of my favourite photos of the Memorial, taken by a member of the CVA, is very like one of those above.

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  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Weather was grotty when we were there as can been seen in photos, grey, wet & windy.
    That is May in Scotland for you.
    Least I had a a nice warm car to get back into.
    I was thinking of the lads training in that landscape back in WW2 out in all weathers.
    Can't say I fancy it myself.
  9. No.4CommandoBairn

    No.4CommandoBairn Well-Known Member

    I've just sought permission to post this picture of The Big Man of Achnacarry, courtesy of his son/CV Forum. It didn't always rain ... sometimes it snowed. Whatever the weather - they loved it there. That's his dad, in the middle.

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  10. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Cracking photos. That's the one memorial I want to see more than any other, both for it and the landscape around it.
  11. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    I am lucky I live about 10 mins drive from the memorial and my work often takes me around Achnacarry. The whole area has a lot of Commando/SAS/SOE/Navy associated with it. Wish I knew you were up Owen.

  12. Gareth J Hill

    Gareth J Hill Member

    I visited Scotland for only the 2nd time back in February and had to include the Commando Monument on my list of places to go. My grandfather served in 40 Commando during WW2.

    One of my better pics from the trip:

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