Down Memory Lane

The War Savings Tank Bank "Julian" which visited Dalkeith on October 23
The War Savings Tank Bank "Julian" which visited Dalkeith on October 23

The war was almost at its end when Mr and Mrs Peter Muir of the store buildings, received word that their son, Corporal Thomas, had laid down his life in the field of battle.

Along with an officer he was doing a tour of duty when a shell burst beside them, killing both.

It was said that he was always cheerful and popular with officers and men. An excellent soldier. In civil life he was a joiner. His death was a second blow to the parents.

Their eldest son, Robert, was killed in 1915. Robert had only been twenty and he had previously worked at Cousland Cement works. After a rest his company was ordered to get ready for a charge on the enemy, the advance lasted two days during which the 8th Royal Scots lost their colonel and a great many men.

There is little to show that Dalkeith lads contributed to the Royal Air Force.

Second Lieutenant Carl Guild of the Air Force was previously reported missing. In the last month of the war his mother, living at Westfield, was notified that he was a prisoner of war. He was an only child.

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