|Kinlochbervie High School's project to erect a memorial to local hero Robert McBeath VC is all set to go ahead following approval of a grant from the Highland Legacy and Ward Discretionary Budget.|
The foundations for the memorial have already been laid and construction of the memorial will take place on next Monday and Tuesday, 31 Aug & 1 Sept 2009. Some of the high school pupils will be assisting stonemason George Gunn with its construction.
The memorial, which will be beside the village war memorial overlooking Loch Innis, with be formally opened on Saturday, 12 September 2009 at 1pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Following the opening there will be an exhibition of McBeath's life with refreshments in the high school and then in the evening a performance in the village hall at 8pm by Bruce Coughlan, of Tillers Folly, which will include the song Bruce has written about McBeath.
His story is one of mystery, bravery and tragedy.
On 20 November 1917, whilst serving with the Sutherland & Caithness Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders, Robert McBeath was instrumental in clearing an enemy machine gun post and capturing 33 of the enemy garrison - including 3 officers. For this "Most conspicuous bravery" he was awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest military honour.
After World War I he emigrated to Canada where he met an untimely end serving in the Vancouver Police Force.
More can be read of McBeath and Kinlochbervie in Alexander MacRae's vintage booklet on the area which can be found online as part of the Electric Scotland project.