The Shetland Bus Memorial

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Memorial Details
Location: Main Street, Scalloway.
Structure: Stone cairn with plaques
and sculpture.
Date Unveiled: Unveiled, 21st June 2003
War: World War 2
Names on Memorial: 44
OS Map Reference: HU400395
UKNIWM No.: Not listed
The Shetland Bus memorial on Main Street, Scalloway, erected by the "Shetland Bus Friendship Society", unveiled by Barbara Melkevik on June 21st. 2003, in memory of the brave crewmen who lost their lives.
The Shetland Bus Memorial is located at the waterfront on Main Street, Scalloway.

The bonds between Scalloway and Norway have been very strong since wartime, and in 2001, the Scalloway Community Council decided that a permanent Shetland Bus Memorial had to be made.
After a public meeting, the Shetland Bus Friendship Society was set up, with Jack Burgess as Chairman, Sandra Reynolds as secretary and William Smith as treasurer. The names and dates of the dead Shetland Bus crewmen were collected, and a photo archive was made.
Andholmen by Alan Hart.

After a public ballot, David Cooper's design of the memorial was choosed. Alan Hart was commissioned to make the top sculpture of "Andholmen", one of the"Bus - boats", and Alan Smiles got the contract to do the stonework.
The memorial is made of stones from bothShetland and Norway. The Shetland stones comes from Scalloway, Lunna, Kergord, Lerwick and Catfirth - all places that had a part of the Shetland Bus history. The Norwegian stones were collected from the home areas of all the 44 dead crewmen, and brought to Shetland with "Heland", another of the "Bus boats".
The Norwegian stones came from the following communes : Askvoll, Aukra, Austevoll, Bergen, Bremanger, Bømlo, Flakstad, Flekkefjord, Florø, Godøy, Gulen, Herøy, Kongsberg, Kragerø, Kvam, Kvinnherad, Radøy, Samnanger, Solund, Stord, Sund, Trondheim, Vågan and Ålesund.

The memorial was unveiled by Barbara Melkevik on June 21 2003.
The memorial bears four plaques with the names, age, year of death and name of ship of the dead crewmen.

Contents

The four memorial plaques :

Memorial Plaque 1
Memorial Plaque 2
Memorial Plaque 3
Memorial Plaque 4

The dead crewmen :

Name Age Year Boat Name
Nils Nesse 23 1941 Siglaos
Karsten Sangolt 28 1941 Arthur
Ingvald Lerøy 21 1941 Blia
Arne Lerøy 24 1941 Blia
Even Fagerlid 27 1941 Blia
Olav Kvalheim 25 1941 Blia
Ole Økland 25 1941 Blia
Odd M. Svinøy 18 1941 Blia
Birger O. Bjørnsen 21 1941 Blia
Per Blystad 31 1942 Sjø
Mindor Berge 25 1942 Sjø
Bård Grotle 25 1942 Aksel
Schander Berg 26 1942 Aksel
Ivar L. Brekke 21 1942 Aksel
Tore Frøysa 26 1942 Aksel
John L. Odden 26 1942 Aksel
Ove Ålen 21 1942 Aksel
Harald Dyb 25 1942 Sandøy
Arthur Byrknes 25 1942 Sandøy
Nils Horgen 27 1942 Sandøy
Olav L. Kinn 27 1942 Sandøy
Olav Melkevik 28 1942 Sandøy
Ole Strandekleiv 19 1942 Sandøy
Kåre Støbakvik 21 1942 Sandøy
Ola Grotle 27 1943 Feiøy
Roald Strand 25 1943 Feiøy
Anders Geiterøy 23 1943 Feiøy
Ulf T. V. Johansen 25 1943 Feiøy
Johan Klungreset 27 1943 Feiøy
Harald Notøy 20 1943 Feiøy
Walter Olsen 23 1943 Feiøy
Hans H. Øvertveit 23 1943 Feiøy
Nils Vika 20 1943 Bergholm
Sverre Kverhellen 36 1943 Brattholm
Bjørn N. Bolstad 21 1943 Brattholm
Eric Reichelt 25 1943 Brattholm
Magnus Johan Kvalvik 29 1943 Brattholm
Harald Petter Ratvik 25 1943 Brattholm
Fritjof M. Skaugland 26 1943 Brattholm
Sjur Olai L. Trovaag 36 1943 Brattholm
Alfred A. Vik 23 1943 Brattholm
Olaf Skarpenes 49 1943 Bodø
Peder K. Nonås 18 1943 Boating accident
Ragnar E. Sandøy 32 1943 Boating accident
BUS 8.jpg


Below the four plaques, there are one, which bears the incription :

WE REMEMBER WITH DEEP RESPECT AND GRATTITUDE ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE WORK OF THE SHETLAND BUS IN SHETLAND; NORWAY AND ON THE STORMY SEAS BETWEEN
THEY GAVE THEIR ALL FOR FREEDOM.

In addition to the Shetland Bus Memorial, the Shetland Bus Friendship Society has put up information boards on the waterfront wall. There you can read and see pictures of the Shetland Bus story.

The information boards :

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BUS 6.jpg
BUS 7.jpg


In a nearby window, you can also see four murals, made by the pupils of Scalloway School, that is dedicated to the memory of the Shetland Bus.

The murals :

Bus 1.jpg
BUS 2.jpg
BUS 3.jpg
BUS 4.jpg
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