Inchnadamph is a hamlet in south-west Sutherland. The Kirkyard is located approximately 25 miles north of Ullapool along A837 on the road from Lairg to Lochinver at the southeast end of Loch Assynt. The site contains the Parish School and the ruins of an old Kirk. The existing kirk is also referred to as the Old Parish Kirk of Assynt, Kirkton.
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 six airmen of the Royal Air Force, were not discovered until 25th May. 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 graves were marked and protected by a cairn, but its position made permanent maintenance and the erection of headstones impracticable. The airmen were therefore commemorated by a wall mounted Special Memorial Placque located at the entrance to the Inchnadamph Old Kirkyard.
In 2012, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission replaced the existing cairn, which had deteriorated in the harsh climate, with a 600-kilogram granite marker to identify and protect the burial site.
Two thousand feet up, the burial site on Ben More Assynt is one of the Commission's most remote grave sites in the UK and the logistics of replacing the cairn proved challenging. In the end, a Chinook helicopter from RAF Odiham had to be used to carry the granite memorial to the burial site.
There are also two 1st World War graves located within the kirkyard.
GPS Coordinates: 58.15186, -4.97652
- Added: 8 Jul 2012
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2456614
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