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    Re: Arbroath Does it Again - Another Missing War Memorial

    There was also a photograph in the Newspaper report of the war memorial that I had taken in 1993 at the Signal Tower Museum at Arbroath .


    Arbroath Herald 5th December 2009 :

    http://www.arbroathherald.co.uk/news...UTS.5878407.jp

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    Good news regarding this memorial hopefully as Ive had a phone call from a member of the Public telling me that he had a communication from a former architect who converted the Alma Works in Arbroath and he moved this War Memorial for ALMA WORKS & NETHERWARD WORKS to the Signal Tower Museum at Arbroath for safekeeping incase it got lost and some time later it was restored within the Alma Works which is not made into Apartments in the town !

    will investigate but good news ..........

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    I think you,ll find, Pat that they are flats,
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    Re: Arbroath Does it Again - Another Missing War Memorial

    Visited today the new housing development and inside the foyer area is the ALMA WORKS & NETHERWARD WORKS War Memorial that was housed inside the Alma Works . The redevelopment of the Alma Works is now known as WEAVERS CLOSE, ARBROATH says a metal plaque on the outside of the building now owned by Hillcrest Housing Assoc . The official opening of the new housing was done by Arbroathian Rt Hon Michael Forsyth MP ( now Lord Forsyth ) on 24th June 1996 .

    Thankfully the War Memorial is not lost but I would have thought someone in the New housing would have read the Courier and also the Arbroath Herald newspaper reports about the missing war memorial and contacted the newspapers to tell them the memorial is in their inside foyer . Maybe they did not notice there was a war memorial !

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    great, pat.
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    Well done Pat your old skills have not faded away at all
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    Re: Arbroath Does it Again - Another Missing War Memorial

    COURIER & ADVERTISER Saturday 2 January 2010.

    "LOST " MEMORIAL IS FOUND:


    The Mystery surrounding the whereabouts of a memorial plaque commemorating the sacrifice of ARBROATH factory workers in the First World War has been solved.

    Letham resident PATRICK ANDERSON , who is involved with the on line Scottish War Memorials Project , put out an appeal for information recently when he discovered the plaque of Arbroath's Alma and Netherward flax mills had disappeared .

    Mr Anderson knew that in 1993 the plaque had been removed from its original location and temporarily taken for safe keeping to the town's Signal Tower Museum.

    However, Mr Anderson returned to the musuem to find that none of the current staff knows what had happened to it .

    Mr Anderson said , " I received a phone call from James Webster regarding the plaque and he told me it is now located in the housing development occupying the site of the former ALMA WORKS , which is now appropriately known as Weavers Close.

    The Alma /Netherward plaque has special significance for Arbroath as the first name listed on it - Second Lieutenant Joseph Frain WEBSTER - was the son of the Mill Owners .

    The Scottish War Memorials Project - which aims to record all of Scotland's civic , church, regimental , unit, school, and other war memorials amd collate details details of the individuals commemorated - contains a wealth of information from the Angus and Dundee areas , and can be found at warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com.

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    The Arbroath Herald weekly newspaper should be publishing their story along with a photograph of the Alma Works / Netherward Works war memorial in its present location - in the foyer of the former Alma Works building and now known as Weavers Close , Arbroath .

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    Read the topic this morning, Pat, well done,
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    ARBROATH HERALD ,Friday 8 January 2010:

    GREAT WAR MEMORIAL RE DISCOVERED : Was Moved to New Development:

    Report By Gordon Cook


    A FEW weeks ago we carried a plea by reader PATRICK W. ANDERSON regarding the whereabouts of the ALMA WORKS AND NETHERWARD WORKS Great War Memorial that had been on display at ARBROATH'S SIGNAL TOWER MUSEUM.

    The Memorial had been on the premises of Messrs Francis Webster & Sons Ltd and was created to commemorate employees killed in the Great War.

    Mr Anderson saw it at the Signal Tower Museum in April 1993, while on police leave from Keighley , Yorkshire , to his native Arbroath .

    But when he went to look again for it recently it had disappeared , and nobody seemed to know where it had gone. Mr Anderson was particularly anxious that it should be traced because the UK National Inventory of War Memorials at the Imperial War Museum in London had it recorded as being at the Signal Tower.

    But on Tuesday he was back in touch with good news.

    Mr Anderson had learned that during the conversion of the Alma Works into flats the Memorial had been re-located in the development , which is now known as Weavers Close.

    There is a Plaque outside recording the unveiling by the Rt Hon Michael Forsyth , MP, then Secretary of State for Scotland and the unveiling date of June 24. 1996 .

    Mr Anderson was unsure if the Memorial had been put in place for the Official opening, but this has now been confirmed for us by Mr Roy Clark, of Baxter Clark & Paul , who was the project architect for the Alma Works redevelopment.

    Mr Clark told us , "The Plaque is back where it came from, where it belongs."

    In a further development , Mr Anderson added, "As a result of your publishing the story I received a phone call from a member of the Arbroath public who read the report and noticed his Great Uncle, GUNNER DAVID AITKEN WYLLIE , ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY , aged 21 years , as a casualty on June 28 , 1918. He was listed on the NETHERWARD WORKS section of this Memorial . The man now intends to visit his Great Uncle's grave in France .

    And in a final message Mr Anderson added a snippet about another caller who remembered him when he was a little boy and she worked for solicitors , Clark Oliver - for which post she had been interviewed by Mr Anderson's father !


    This newspaper report also has a close up photograph of the War Memorial in situ in the Foyer of WEAVERS CLOSE, ARBROATH .

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