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 editorial comments on Turkey’s intervention into the conflict at the ”bidding” of Germany. While in the war notes there is news of air skirmishes over Reims, Germany’s methods of terrorism in Belgium and British success against Turkey.

Meanwhile back in Midlothian, recruiting for Lord Kitchener’s new army is “proceeding very well” in Gorebridge. Which was hit by a thunderstorm on Wednesday morning with some pupils so drenched headmaster Mr Hastie had “no option but to dismiss them for the day”.

And Loanhead Town Council heard that during the past month 16 cases of infectious diseases had been dealt with, three of diphtheria and 13 of scarlatina.

And in Pathhead a “large and enthusiastic” meeting was held in the Good Templar Hall, Pathhead, on Tuesday evening to protest against the granting of a hotel licence in the village. The licence in question was for the Foresters Arms.