WW1 - Midlothian remembers

World War One
World War One

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 Journal reports on “The Titanic Struggle”: “The war is still being waged with vigour and determination on both sides, but so far the advantage is with the Allies.

“The state of preparation in which the Germans began the conflict gave them a certain advantage in mobilisation and enabled them to invade Belgium and the North of France, but their violation of the Belgian territory has not saved them though as Mr Lloyd George pointed out in his eloquent speech the other day, it has lost them their good name.”

In Gorebridge, Sir Henry Dundas, Bart of Arniston, is under order for active service, and expects to be ordered abroad within the next few days.

Killed in action - Considerable regret was expressed on Monday when it became known that Lieutenant Johnstone, of the Cameron Highlanders, had been killed in action. Lieutenant Johnstone was married at the end of July this year to the granddaughter of Lord Ruthven, Newland, the marriage taking place in the Episcopal Church, Dalkeith. The event caused considerable interest in the Gorebridge district where the gallant soldier and his bride had many friends. Much sympathy has been expressed for the young widow.

In the now famous retiring movement from Mons, carried through by the British troops while being pressed by overwhelming forces of the enemy, the Royal Scots played a part in keeping with the glorious traditions of the regiment.

This is borne out by the experiences related by a batch of men who have returned from the scene of hostilities and are at present located at the depot, Glencorse Barracks.

Some of them had been posted as “missing”, while others, after being in hospital, have recovered from slight wounds and are now awaiting further orders.

One of the men at Glencorse was actually captured by the enemy but they had sufficient on hand in their task of feeding themselves and he was set free. He ultimately found his way to friendly lines and was sent back to his home depot.

Gas lighting - The much-needed and long-talked-of improvement in the lighting of Roslin has taken place. For the first time the streets of the village were illuminated by gas lighting on Tuesday evening and the result was quite satisfactory. This is another step in the right direction and when the gas arrangements are complete and introduced into the houses, Roslin might well be looked upon as a “model” village.