WW1: Midlothian remembers

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

From 100 years ago this week 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 that “at the end of another week the country stands expectantly awaiting the result of the tremendous battle in France. There is quiet confidence that the result will be satisfactory to the cause of the Allies.”

Back home the local horticultural society in Bonnyrigg has given £3 to the Belgian Relief Fund and also £3 to the Prince of Wales Relief Fund. While, the Lothian Coal Company workers at Whitehill and Polton Collieries have contributed £52 18s 2d to the National Relief Fund. And the teaching staff connected with Loanhead Public School have resolved to contribute two and a half per cent of their salaries to the Prince of Wales Relief Fund until the end of the war.

Meanwhile from Gorebridge, the Journal reported that local reservist Andrew Hennessey has been wounded in action, and that he is at present in one of the London hospitals.

In Penicuik some 30 recruits for the territorials “have answered the call from Penicuik district”. And Private Scrymgeour, the first Penicuik man to arrive from the front after being wounded, had a great reception on his arrival at Penicuik Station. A number of Penicuik men are reported wounded, but so far their names have not appeared in the official lists.