Shape and inscription
The stone, which has a prism form and a rectangular base, tapers off at the top, which is rounded. The sides at the base are 75 by 32 centimetres and the height is 310 centimetres. It is erected on a square, concrete foundation, with one/two steps. Around the foundation, the ground is prepared for flowers.
Inscription and names
At the top of the memorials the years 1940-1945 are engraved, then the names in alphabetical order, with the year of birth and death (the two from Hersvik parish are here in bold type), and at the lower end: REIST I TAKKSEMD * AV BYGDEFOLKET (erected in gratitude by the people of the community)
EVENSEN SCHRØDER 1906 - 1944 * GEITERØY ANDREAS 1919 -1943 * GÅSVÆR PEDER 1921 - 1942 * HJØNNEVÅG BIRGER 1920 - 1942 * HOP JON 1922 - 1940 * INDREVÆR OLAV 1920 - 1943 * KVALVIK MAGNUS 1914 -1943 * KVERHELLEN SVERRE 1906 - 1943 * NOTØY HARALD 1922 - 1943 * SANDVIK LEIV 1910 - 1941 * STEINSUND LEIV 1919 - 1942 * STRØMMEN SØREN 1906 - 1943 * TROVÅG SJUR 1906 - 1943 * UTVÆR OLA 1911 - 1944 * YTRØY JAKOB 1912 - 1942 * ØDEJORD PETTER 1918 - 1943
Met death in different ways
Three of them died in one and the same incident: Sverre Kverhellen, Sjur Trovåg, and Magnus Kvalvik. In 1943, they were onboard the "Brattholm" sailing into the Toftefjord in Troms to land a Linge Company unit. They were betrayed, and taken prisoner on 24 March. They were sentenced to death and executed by shooting some days later, at the shooting range near Tromsø. After the war they were buried in Solund.
Somewhere in the sea-lane of Ytre Steinsund, the tortured prisoner Schrøder Evensen jumped out of the wheelhouse and overboard from the Gestapo vessel at speed in the evening darkness, and thus he took his own life. 18-year-old Jon Hop was the first war victim from Solund. He was shot to death when the Solund fishing vessel "Fremad II" came under fire in the Sørfjord. The others were sailors in the North Sea and in other foreign shipping trade.
"Their names shall be engraved in stone!"
The vicar of Solund during the war, Hjalmar Storeide from Hjørundfjord, took the initiative to have a visible memorial erected over the fallen. In collaboration with the bailiff Johannes Mathiesen and a few others from Solund, Storeide had in deep secrecy taken part in the resistance work during the war years. In the autumn of 1945, already, Storeide wrote a letter of invitation, describing the purpose and asking people to give generously for a memorial. In the letter was written that Their names shall be engraved in Norwegian stone, and stand there as a testimony of what they sacrificed, and what hundreds of others in our community were willing to sacrifice.
16 trusted men set out across land and sea, visiting every household in the municipality with collection lists in their bags. The response was overwhelming.
Some communities thought they had been harder hit by the war than others, and for this reason no agreement was reached as to the location of a memorial. But since the collection raised so much, it was possible to have memorial stones erected on each of the three churchyards. This solution was met with satisfaction by all. The company Herm. Eikner A/S Bergen supplied the stones and erected the stone as well.
There were actually twenty war victims in Solund, but the deeply tragic mine incident at Indrevær was regarded as more of an accident. Four young boys lost their lives there on 25 November 1940.
Unveiling ceremony at Straumen
On 20 June 1948, a day with a clear sky and a light northerly wind, all the flags in Solund were hoisted. The beautiful memorial stones were pretty in their places, one in each churchyard.
The unveiling ceremony took place in Husøy church at Straumen. Major Danielsen came from the navy base of Marineholmen in Bergen, which added to the importance of the day. People from the community contributed to the program. The next of kin of the fallen, invited guests, and representatives of the municipality were treated to a meal in the schoolhouse at Straumen.
On every 17 May, there is a dignified remembrance ceremony, and wreaths are laid at all the three memorial stones. They are also central elements on various memorial occasions, and often form the backgrounds in pictures taken at different church functions.
The two from Hersvik parish - biographies in the series Våre falne (our fallen)
EVENSEN, SCHRØDER LEONARD, smallholder and fisherman, Solund. Born 17 September 1906 in Solund, son of Sverre Evensen Pauli and Lovise née Johnsen, born 1877 in Solund. Marriage 1933 in Bergen to Dagfrid Slåttelid, born 1907 in Bergen. One child. Took part in the resistance movement and was arrested by the Gestapo 7 September 1944 in his home. Was following day taken onboard fishing vessel, succeeded in jumping overboard, but drowned and body has not been recovered.
SANDVIK, LEIV, rifleman Fana. Born 4 September, 1910 in Solund, son of Ludvik Sandvik, born in Solund, died 1939, and Elisabeth née Netteland, born 1868 in Gulen. Marriage 1937 in Bergen to Jenny Mathilde Soldal, born 1914 in Solund. One child. One year secondary school, courses on training vessel, course for riflemen in Scotland. Was rifleman on MT Ida Knudsen, and lost his life when ship was torpedoed 21 July 1941, on way from Trinidad to Gibraltar.