Station 4 – Soldiers’ Memorials
At this spot are the memorials to three brave soldiers who fell in World War One. Their bodies lie in France, but they have been commemorated here by their families. All three of their names appear also on the Oban War Memorial on the Ganavan Road.
On the right, with its stone lying flat, is the grave of Hugh McIntyre – a stonemason from Oban born in 1885. In 1911 he emigrated to Canada from Port Glasgow aboard the vessel Parisian, where he continued his trade. On the outbreak of hostilities in 1914 he volunteered for the 48th Highlanders of Canada, returning to the UK to train on Salisbury Plain. While there, he was granted leave to return to Oban to visit his family, an event commemorated in the Oban Times [Picture?], before rejoining his regiment and departing for the front. He was killed by poison gas during the Battle of St Julien on 24th April 1916, aged 30, and is buried at Ypres.
On the left, stands the memorial to brothers Hugh and Donald McCullough, both from Oban. Hugh had been in the Fencibles and was promoted to Sergeant in the Cameron Highlanders. He was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915. His brother Donald joined the Tank Corps as a gunner. He also fell in France. Neither brother has a registered grave, so we can assume neither of their bodies were recovered from the battlefield.
When you are ready to proceed to Station 5, turn to your left and approach the iron railings.