Kelso War Memorial

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A beautiful, poignant monument on well maintained gardens next to the Abbey. Designed by Sir Robert Lorimer [1921]

About Kelso War Memorial

Formerly part of the Abbey grounds, the garden was gifted by the Duke of Roxburghe in 1921 for the Kelso War Memorial and it commemorates the residents of Kelso who were killed or missing in World War I (92 names) and World War II (42 names). The memorial was designed by Sir Robert Lorimer in 1921, and resembles a medieval Scottish mercat cross, with a cross-headed shaft standing on a pedestal, which contains a niche within which is a sculpture of St George slaying the dragon, a symbol for the triumph of good over evil. The cross has an octagonal stepped base, with, on four of the faces, stone panels, flanked by short balustrades, containing bronze plaques with the names of the fallen. The monument is enclosed by low walls with iron railings.
The park is well maintained with floral displays and with seating available the garden and views of Kelso Abbey can be enjoyed throughout the year.

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