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The Toll Boys War Memorial, Port Glasgow

This small First World War memorial is located on an external wall of the red sandstone tenement at what is now 5 Robert Street. This building stands on the site of the toll house which gave its name to the Old Toll district of the town as it was known at that time. The area is now known as Clune Park. All of the Toll Boys were unemployed and spent their days at the Toll House repairing furniture to help others in the local community.

The memorial to the twenty nine Toll Boys who died in The Great War was unveiled on Saturday 3rd September 1921 in front of a crowd of around three thousand townsfolk. The honour of unveiling the memorial was bestowed upon Mr John Lewis (Royal Engineers) of Glasgow, who survived the conflict despite losing both legs as a result of injuries sustained during the battle of Ypres. Mr Lewis was presented with a gold medallion to commemorate the occasion. You can see the medallion and read more about Mr Lewis and his war exploits on this website LinkExternal link which was created by fellow geographer Mary Young.

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1914 PRO PATRIA 1919
ERECTED
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY
OF THE
TOLL BOYS
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR.

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BURNSIDE, W. ROYAL GAR. ART.
COLLINS, N. A.& S. HDRS.
COUPER, A. 1ST ROYAL DRAGOONS.
COUPER, P. A.& S. HDRS.
DUFFY, J. NAVAL DIVISION.
GILMOUR, S. A.& S. HDRS.
GOURLEY, S. NAVAL DIVISION.
GRAHAM, R. A.& S. HDRS.
KANE, S. A.& S. HDRS.
KINCAID, J. CAMERON HDRS.
LOGAN, A. CAMERON HDRS.
LOGAN, H.L.INFANTRY.
LOVE, J. A.& S. HDRS.
MCCORKINDALE, F. ROYAL SCOTS.
MCGHIE, J. A.& S. HDRS.

MCKAY, A. CAMERON HDRS.
MCKAY, J. A.& S. HDRS.
MCLEAN, A. INNISKILLEN FUS.
MITCHELL, S. NAVAL DIVISION.
MOONEY, D. A.& S. HDRS.
ORR, A. A.& S. HDRS.
POTTER, CAMERON HDRS.
PTOLOMEY, S. A.& S. HDRS.
RORISON, J. SEAFORTH HDRS.
SHIELDS, J. ROYAL FIELD ART.
SIMPSON, G. ROYAL NAVY.
TANNER, W. ROYAL FIELD ART.
WALKER, T. DUR. L. INF.
WILSON, D. ROYAL NAVY

"THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE"

2018 update: The building holding the memorial is due for demolition. The memorial was relocated on a new granite Celtic cross in a garden a few metres west in early 2018.
by Thomas Nugent

Created: Sat, 22 Apr 2017, Updated: Thu, 26 Apr 2018


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NS3274 : Robert Street at Caledonia Street by Thomas Nugent


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