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Commando Memorial at Fort William

The Commando Memorial is a Category A listed monument in Scotland, dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II.

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Situated around a mile from Spean Bridge village, it overlooks the training areas of the Commando Training Depot established in 1942 at Achnacarry Castle. Unveiled in 1952 by the Queen Mother, it has become one of Scotland’s best-known monuments, both as a war memorial and as a tourist attraction offering views of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mòr.

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2 gentlemen named Douglass Bliss and Tom Honeyman were responsible for drawing up the initial conditions for the design and artists were given 8 months to submit their ideas. The chosen design was by Mr Scott Sunderland who was an art teacher at Dundee College of Art.

It took a further 2 years to create the clay and plaster casts for the foundry so that they could be cast in bronze. The figures stand at 9 feet 4 inches high and the overall memorial is 17 feet high.

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Each year a memorial service is held on remembrance Sunday which is arranged by the council at Fort William.

It really is a special place which filled us all with emotion when we visited. Unfortunately, Mr Nevis himself was hiding when we ventured up there. I imagine when the skies are clear it creates an even more intense atmosphere.

Lest we forget.

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