Midlothian remembers with WW1 database

The group of volunteers behind a new database is to be launched in Midlothian to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War Ken Bogle of Midlothian Local Studies has been leading the project, he is picted fourth from the left
The group of volunteers behind a new database is to be launched in Midlothian to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War Ken Bogle of Midlothian Local Studies has been leading the project, he is picted fourth from the left

An online database aiming to tell the story of every local casualty of the First World War will be launched on Saturday.

The Midlothian Roll of Honour database was compiled by Midlothian Libraries and Volunteering Midlothian and lists over 1,300 casualties whose names are listed on local war memorials.

It also includes biographies, newspaper obituaries and rare photographs.

Ken Bogle from the Local Studies Centre, who has been spearheading this project, said: “I started by recording the local memorials then I tried to work out more about the individuals. Thanks to the Commonwealth War Graves website and old clippings of the Advertiser.

“We are hoping local people will bring stuff in. It would be nice to get as many photos as possible. If they want to add something they can get in touch and we will upload it.”

The launch event takes place on Saturday at the National Mining Museum, Newtongrange from 10am to 3pm.

The database can be found at www.midlothian.gov.uk

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