WW1: Midlothian remembers

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The Advertiser returns with its regular series remembering the months in the lead up to the start of World War 1 in 1914.

100 years ago Midlothian, along with the rest of Britain, would enter the First World War. 100 years ago this week, however, the people of Midlothian had other thoughts on their minds.

With war only days away, the July 31, 1914 edition of the Midlothian Journal reported that work had resumed after the holidays at the pits of the Shotts Iron Company and the Station Iron Works. The traffic at the railway station “broke all previous records” while the numbers on buses “was also noteworthy”.

Meanwhile, Lasswade District Committee heard that there had been 119 cases of scarlet fever recorded in the area during the quarter ending June 30.

And, the 2nd Royal Scots band from Plymouth had been stationed at Glencorse that week, with “large numbers” turning out to hear them play in the barracks park and then the public park. Little did those in attendance know that these men would soon be fighting for their country, with Britain on the brink of entering the Great War.

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