The Commando Monument, A Memorial In The Highlands
Standing on the crest of a hill surrounded by mountains and moorland the Commando Memorial is a fitting tribute dedicated to an elite body of men, the Commandos, a force initiated in 1940 by Winston Churchill during the early days of World War II.
It was to this area of the Highlands, based at their headquarters at nearby Achnacarry Castle, those men who volunteered for the Commandos came to undergo their specialist training.
The memorial to the Commandos was unveiled by the Queen Mother in 1952. Standing 17 feet tall the monument, made from bronze, depicts three Commandos in typical WWII battledress looking towards Ben Nevis. A plaque on the monument reads “In memory of the officers and men of the commandos who died in the Second World War 1939-1945. This country was their training ground.” The bronze sculpture was designed by Scott Sutherland.
Set a little way aside from the memorial there is a small Garden of Remembrance to the memory of soldiers, fallen colleagues, past and present who have given their lives in the service of their country.
This iconic monument and fitting tribute is located a mile to the north west of the village of Spean Bridge and just off the main A82 Fort William to Inverness road.
For those wishing to learn more about the role of Commandos and their daring exploits in WWII there is an interesting museum and ‘Commando Bar’ packed with memorabilia, displays and information at the Spean Bridge Hotel, a few miles away in the village of Spean Bridge. Admission is free, donations are welcomed.