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INCHNADAMPH (OR KIRKTON) OLD CHURCHYARD

INCHNADAMPH (OR KIRKTON) OLD CHURCHYARD Print this image
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Country:
United Kingdom
Locality:
Sutherland
Identified Casualties:
8

Location Information

This site is 120 yards from Assynt Post Office, on the road from Lairg to Lochinver. It contains the Parish School and the ruins of an old Church.
The crash site(please see the historical information below)where the casualties are buried is in a remote location on a plateau marked by a granite memorial placed in 2013. The memorial can be reached by foot however it is a long walk approximately three hours from The Inchnadamph Hotel. The terrain is challenging and it is recommended that anyone attempting this walk should be experienced in hill walking and have appropriate equipment.
The path to Ben More Assynt starts from The Inchnadamph Hotel. Advice on routes and possible guides is available from The Visitor Centre in the centre of Lochinver, their telephone number is 01571 844654.

Historical Information

Inchnadamph is a hamlet in south-west Sutherland at the south-eastern end of Loch Assynt. In early April 1941 an Anson bomber crashed some 2,300 feet above sea level on Ben More, about 5 miles from Inchnadamph. The wrecked plane and the bodies of the crew, six airmen of the Royal Air Force, were not discovered until 25th May, and owing to the inaccessibility of the place and the weather conditions prevailing at the time it was necessary to bury the six bodies at the scene of the crash.
The grave was marked and protected by a cairn, but its position makes permanent maintenance and the erection of headstones impracticable. In 2012, the Commission decided to replace the existing cairn, which had deteriorated on account of the harsh climate, with a granite marker weighing some 600 kilograms, to identify and protect the aircrew’s burial site from becoming lost or disturbed in the future. The airmen themselves are commemorated by a wall mounted Special Memorial Plaque located at the entrance to Inchnadamph (or Kirkton) Old Churchyard, Assynt.
There are also two 1st World War graves located within the churchyard.