NS4076 : The Ward Family Memorial

taken 9 years ago, near to Bellsmyre, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

The Ward Family Memorial
The Ward Family Memorial
This obelisk stands on the western side of the cemetery's east carriage drive. It is 16'6" high, and is made of polished red Peterhead granite. It was erected by John Ward of the firm William Denny & Brothers, was designed by the Dumbarton architect J M Crawford, and was carved by the Glasgow sculptor Robert Gray.

The inscriptions on several sides of the stone are headed by the names of John and Helen Ward. Regarding them, the text on the near side records that the shipbuilder John Ward died on the 20th of March 1912, aged 64 years, and that his wife Helen Elizabeth Kerr died on the 7th of June 1931, aged 76 years. Another side of the memorial mentions John's earlier wife, Annie Philips, who died in 1874, aged 26.

The photograph was intentionally taken from an angle where the sun's reflection would highlight carvings on the upper part of the obelisk. The design visible on that part of the memorial is one that is often referred to as the Greek honeysuckle pattern.
Dumbarton Cemetery

The cemetery was formally opened on the 4th of October, 1854, replacing the overcrowded parish churchyard. See the Geograph article "Dumbarton Cemetery" Link for a detailed discussion. For biographies of many of those buried here, and for descriptions of their memorials, see Donald MacLeod's "The God's Acres of Dumbarton" (1888), and the same author's "Dumbarton: Its Recent Men and Events" (1898). By 2010, there was concern that Dumbarton Cemetery would run out of space within a decade; New Dumbarton Cemetery Link was subsequently created uphill from the existing cemetery, and opened at the end of December 2015.

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Date Taken
Monday, 14 January, 2013   (more nearby)
Saturday, 2 February, 2013
Geographical Context
Burial ground, Crematorium 
Architect (from Tags)
J M Crawford 
Sculptor (from Tags)
Robert Gray 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4094 7604 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.0589N 4:32.9367W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4094 7604
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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