Ross & Cromarty War Memorials

 

IOLAIRE DISASTER

The Memorial has been erected on a promontoery overlooking where the incident occurred. It is a tapered column of light grey granite set on a similarly shaped middle section where the inscriptions are. There are no names on the monument.

The column has a pyramid on top and a carving of a crown and anchor lower down. The column and middle section sits on a two-step base. which sits on a two-step base, The whole assembly is on a concrete base surrounded by a stone-chip margin, around which is a decorative metal railing.

The inscriptions are shown below and two lists of the drowned, and a contributiom frm Glasgow Gaelic Choir described as 'a lament of unsurpassed beauty' is accessable via 'More Info' - see below.

The Map Reference of the Monument is NB 444 304


ERECTED BY
THE PEOPLE OF LEWIS AND FRIENDS
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE
BRAVE MEN OF THE ROYAL NAVY
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE 'IOLAIRE' DISASTER AT THE
BEASTS OF HOLM
ON THE 1st JANUARY 1919
OF THE 205 PERSONS 175 WERE NATIVES OF THE ISLAND
AND FOR THEM AND THEIR COMRADES
LEWIS STILL MOURNS.
WITH GRATITUDE FOR THEIR SERVICE
AND IN SORROW FOR THEIR LOSS

"DO CHEOMA THA 'SAN DOIMHNEACHD MHOIN
DO' SHLIGHE THA 'S A CHUAN
ACH LUIRGE DO CHOS CHA-N AITHNICH SIHN
THA SUD AM FOLAICH UAINN"
SAILM LXXVII 19

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