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Latitude: 55.6087 / 55°36'31"N
Longitude: -4.4906 / 4°29'26"W
OS Eastings: 243209
OS Northings: 637825
OS Grid: NS432378
Mapcode National: GBR 3H.ML76
Mapcode Global: WH3Q9.Z9R4
Entry Name: Elmbank Drive, War Memorial
Listing Date: 1 August 2002
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 396185
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48722
Building Class: Cultural
County: East Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Kilmarnock East and Hurlford
Traditional County: Ayrshire
James Miller, 1927. Sculptor, David McGill. 3-bay, rectangular-plan stripped classical sepulchre. Polished yellow sandstone ashlar. Base course; banded rusticated architrave, frieze, entablature, cornice with dentilled soffit, run across 3 elevations and carrying large, blind parapet.
SE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: slightly projecting elevation; recessed central entrance with access steps and ramp; glazed 2-leaf door with fanlight; fluted Ionic columns in antis; flanking bays with Doric pilasters; single rectangular windows to each bay.
SW ELEVATION: single rectangular window in centre.
NW (REAR) ELEVATION: blind.
NE ELEVATION: single rectangular window in centre.
Geometric patterned metal guard to windows and door.
INTERIOR: marble cross in centre of stone laid floor; bronze statue of 'Victor' at centre of rear wall; inscribed plaque above statue: 'In everlasting memory of the men and women of Kilmarnock who gave their lives in the service of their country'; memorial name boards flanking to left and right.
The 'Temple of Mercy', as the War Memorial was christened locally, was opened on Saturday 21st May 1927 by Sir Hugh Trenchard. After the official opening the 10,000 strong crowd stood in silence whilst a lone bugler played 'The Last Post'. The sorrowful statue of 'Victor' inside the memorial was sculpted by David McGill.
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