Animals in Warfare memorial unveiled

June 8, 2023
Group marching towards war memorial.

A new memorial to commemorate the suffering of animals in war has been unveiled by John Cruickshank VC at the Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen.

The memorial, commissioned by the Animals in Warfare Association, also acknowledges the support given to the Association by the Gordon Highlanders.

Man at war memorial.
John Cruickshank VC unveiled the memorial.

During a short ceremony on 20 May, the gathering was addressed by the Association President, Former Lord Lieutenant and former Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett, and Association Patron Graham Guyan DL.

Vice-Patron and President of the North East Gurkha Association Hon Lt Menbahadur Gurung and Museum Chief Executive John McLeish also participated.

13-year-old Piper Rory of RGC CCF Pipe Band led the procession to the memorial (pictured, top of page), which included Association member Robert Gordon’s College CCF Contingent Commander Daniel Montgomery. Rory also played a lament following the unveiling.

War memorial.

The impressive and moving original Animals in Warfare memorial, which was installed by Mr Guyan in memory of his late wife, stands at the entrance to Delgatie Castle, Turriff. 

20 May also marked former RAF Volunteer Reserve officer Flt Lt Cruickshank’s 103rd birthday. Members of the Association and their guests were delighted to be able to celebrate this special event with him at a reception which followed the unveiling. All at Highland RFCA send him their very best wishes.

Military men smile for camera.
Robert Gordon’s College CCF Contingent Commander Daniel Montgomery with John Cruickshank VC.