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1914-18 War Memorial
(Designed by Sir Robert Lorimer)

War Memorial

Next to the abbey, and in front of the memorial Cloister to the 8th Duke of Roxburgh, is the Kelso War Memorial, erected in 1921. It was designed by Sir Robert Lorimer who also designed the National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle. It consists of a pillar 34 feet in height rising from an octagonal platform with a surrounding balustrade. Inscribed on the obelisk are the words:

"To the Glory of God and in honoured memory
of the men of this town and district who fell in the Great War.
Greater Love Hath No Man Than This."

Above this inscription, standing in a niche, is a bronze figure representing "Good overcoming Evil". On four tablets are inscribed the names of the 243 men of Kelso and District who gave their lives for us all. A list of of those who lost their lives in World War I and World War II can be found by clicking on the links.

The ground round the Memorial is maintained by Scottish Borders Council Parks Department, and the formal bedding schemes have won many awards.

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