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War Memorial #469 ~ Hornshole

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Hidden : 06/16/2018
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Being a Hawick man, thought I'd make this simple Traditional for a worthy memorial that is usually missed - but please take care when at the coordinates as traffic can come without warning at the 3 way junction! - BYOP!

The Battle of Flodden

The Battle of Flodden happened on September 9th 1513 in Branxton, Northumberland and was part of the conflict between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland. The invading Scottish army was commanded by King James IV and they went against the English army, led by Queen Catherine of Aragon while Henry VIII went to fight in France. This was the battle that killed James IV, amongst the 5,000-17,000 other people who died in the battle.

The Battle of Hornshole:

The Battle of Hornshole was fought in 1514, a year after the disastrous defeat at the Battle of Flodden (You can see a part of the Flodden Wall from my Flodden Wall cache in Edinburgh, see GC7DBEG.)

There are 2 plaques at the memorial, but I'll put them up here:

The Cross memorial:
In this vicinity in 1514, the year after the Battle of Flodden, youths from Hawick routed a band of marauding English soldiery and captured their flag.

Originally erected in 1901, this memorial was replaced in 2014 by The Ex-Cornets & Acting Fathers Association.
This plaque was donated by Hawick Archaeological Society.

Lest We Forget

The other plaque to the right:

After Scotland's disastrous defeat at Flodden the Earl of Surrey, the English commander sent out groups of soldiers under the control of Lord Dacre to plunder the Borderland. Tradition tells us that a band of men returning to the Hexham area from a raid into Ale Water camped here at Hornshole where they were surprised by a group of young Hawick callants who avenged their fathers killed at Flodden.

"Down they threw their bows and arrows,
Drew their swords like veteran heroes,
Charged the foe with native valour,
Routed them and took their colour".

A replica of the flag captured that day is carried annually at Hawick Common Riding by the Cornet, a young man elected to represent the victorious callants.

On Saturday, June 1st 1901, the Cornet's Lass, Miss Lily Lawson unveiled the Hornshole memorial which had been paid for from the surplus left over from the public subscription which had been collected three years earlier to commision the great Border artist Tom Scott to paint his famous "Return to Hawick from Hornshole". The memorial is the work of Hawick's foremost sculptor Robert Robson.

In 2014 to mark the 500th anniversary of the skirmish, the Ex-Cornets and Acting Father's Association commisioned a new monument exactly replicating the original. A new bronze plaque by Gordon Muir was commisioned by Hawick Archaeological Society as their contribution to the quincentenary commemoration.

Inscribed on the memorial are three simple yet powerful words "Lest We Forget".

We have not forgotten.

We will never forget.


The cache (please read this fully before attempting the cache):
The coordinates will take you to the monument. The cache is a very straightforward find, but I must warn whoever attempts this to be very careful when approaching it as its next to a 3 way junction that can be prone to busy bursts of traffic - especially from the road south of the cache. I'd recommend cycling or driving down to the cache site (I managed to park there, but I'd say only enough space for 1 car there - BUT NOT ON THE BRIDGE! - in this case, I'd suggest you park near the waypoint and walk from there, but still be careful on the approach).

I've left a spoiler picture of the exact bit you should look at - it'll make sense when you read the hint.

The series is dedicated to those who fought for their country. "We will remember them!”

If anyone would like to place a War Memorial Cache of your own then please do so. We would ask if you do so please contact Just-us-Two through their profile page or;/font>
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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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