WW1 - Midlothian remembers

World War One remembered
World War One remembered

The Advertiser’s regular series remember World War One and its impact on Midlothian continues.

The Midlothian Journal now carries a full page of reports on The War in addition to local news of the war effort, recruitment and training.

The War Notes report: “The official report at the beginning of the week was satisfactory reading for the British public. It had its dark side, of course.

“That is incidental to war news. The list of casualties was to be expected, but there was some gratification in the fact, comparatively speaking, the numbers were fewer than the severe nature of the operations the previous week warranted.”

A largely attended meeting of men was held in Bonnyrigg Public Library on Tuesday night for the purpose of forming a military training association.

Provost Gilchrist, who presided, said this was time for few words. This was a time for action.

The reason for seeking to call such an association, who for best reasons known to themselves, could not see their way to join Lord Kitchener’s army, but who were fitted to bear arms in the defence of their country. These men would be given an opportunity to receive a certain amount of military instruction, which might prove of great service in defending their hearths and homes.

The work party organised by Lady Dundas and other ladies in the district have as a result of their labours sent this week two large parcels of pyjamas, socks and nightshirts to the British Red Cross. Another large parcel was sent to the sailors and Territorials.

The workmen of the Clippens Lime Company, Loanhead, have arranged to contribute to HRH The Prince of Wales’ Relief Fund at the rate of threepence per man per week during the war. The weekly collection has been taken with the help of office staff.

Mr J E Macpherson, teacher in Newbattle School, has been gazetted in the 9th Battalion RS as Lieutenant.

The spirit of services has taken possession of the manhood of Loanhead in the hour of national crisis. There are present serving with the Regular Army no fewer than 98 men of whom 64 are regular soldiers and 34 are reservists

Eighty-six Loanhead men are with the Territorials at Haddington, a large proportion of whom have volunteered for imperial service, while there are nearly 100 members of the National Reserve, about 40 of whom are ready to respond at once to the call of duty.