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.
Comforts for the men at the Front - Mrs Stevenson, Hillhead Lodge, Bonnyrigg, has been enabled, through the kindness of friends, to send to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh for the Territorials - 18 day shirts, 12 handkerchiefs, 100 pairs of socks; and to the Red Cross Head Office - 9 pyjama suits, 10 nightingales, 5 pneumonia jackets, 9 pairs night socks, 3 doz bandages, old linen; to the Forth Mine Sweeping Trawlers - 11 helmets, 7 mufflers, 1 belt.
Wounded - In addition to Hennessey reported wounded last week, other two of the local men have been disabled. They are Peter Smith, KOSB, and Andrew A Dougal, Black Watch. Thos. Lonie, Royal Scottish Fusiliers, is a prisoner of war in Germany.
The Roll of Honour - The first name to be inscribed on the local roll of honour falls to the lot of Private James Hutchison, Cameron Highlanders, who was killed in action on the 14th September at the Aisne river. Hutchison, who was a Reservist when war broke out, was not long home from India, and was called to the colours.
The school and the war effort - During the last month the school children have been sacrificing their own pennies for the Red Cross boxes, of which there are two in school, one for the boys and one for the girls, under the charge of the supplementary pupils. These pennies are to be the Christmas gift of the children to the Red Cross Association. The teachers have unanimously agreed to the request by the Educational Institute of Scotland to set aside 2½ per cent of their salaries in aid of dsatress for the duration of the war or longer if required.
Loanhead - Jimmy King, the nine-year-old son of Mr Alexander King, Carnethy Street, Loanhead, has been an invalid for several years and quite recently, while an inmate of the Convalescent Home at Gullane, he knitted a warm woollen shawl, which he forwarded to Her Majesty Queen Mary for the soldiers. This week Jimmy was the pleased recipient of the following letter from Buckingham Palace: “The Lady-in-Waiting is commanded by the Queen to thank Jimmy King very much indeed for the nice present he sent to the soldiers. Her Majesty is so pleased with it and hopes he will soon be well again. Oct 3”
The Royal Scots - The following officers and men of the Royal Scots are reported wounded. Lieutenant Harry Douglas Saward (wounded) was born in 1885, and was appointed Second Lieutenant in 1903, being promoted Lieutenant in 1907; Private F Geddes, Private E Hattersley. Sergeant D Hepburn, Corporal W F Jamieson, Private J Collins, Private D Hanuaford, Private Robert Burnside, Private William Smith, Private Thomas Conway, Private John Laurie, Private James Dodds.
War Notes - Penicuik Juniors FC have sent a football to Aldershot for the new army to kick about in their spare time.