Recently at Ayrshire Archives, our Assistant Archivists and Graduate Trainee paid a visit to Rozelle Park to view the Remembrance Woodland which was created as part of South Ayrshire Council’s World War I Centenary Commemorations 2014-2018. This project was established in honour of the 100th anniversary of World War I and includes a range of sculptures and carvings which have become key features of the Remembrance Woodland. Also situated within this area is the recently laid memorial stone dedicated to Lieutenant Robert Shankland, born in Ayr. He was awarded the Victoria Cross on 26 October 1917, an event recently commemorated in Ayrshire. Take a look at our previous blog post to find out more about the Robert Shankland Memorial Stone. 

Rozelle poppy

‘Poppy Carving’ by Iain Chalmers

Rozelle soldier

‘Kilted Soldier’ by Andy Maclachlan

Rozelle standing soldier 2

‘A Tommy’ by Craig Steele

Rozelle soldier with machine gun 2

‘Gunner’ by Craig Steele

Rozelle soldier sitting on tree

‘Letter from Home’ by Peter Bowsher

Rozelle wonded soldier

‘Bereaved Soldier’ by Peter Bowsher and ‘Fallen Soldier’ by Andy Maclachlan

Rozelle statue with bird

‘Flighted’ by David Powell

Rozelle bench

Memorial bench

Rozelle info of Robert Shankland

Rozelle’s information board on Lieutenant Robert Shankland


Memorial Stone to commemorate Lieutenant Robert Shankland