World War One - Midlothian remembers

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The Advertiser returns with its regular series remembering the months in the lead up to the start of World War 1 in 1914.

100 years ago Midlothian, along with the rest of Britain, would enter the First World War. 100 years ago this week, however, the people of Midlothian had other thoughts on their minds.

In the July 3, 1914 edition of the Midlothian Journal it was reported that a deputation from the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies held a large open-air meeting at the Cross in Roslin, at a time when women still did not have the vote.

In Gorebridge reports from the moors state that there is a good crop of birds, “strong in the wing and singularly free from disease”. And on behalf of the funds of the Arniston Rangers Football Club a benefit performance was given in the Picture House “through the kindness of Mr Lawson, the genial manager of Wilmot’s Show”.

While in Lasswade a scout rally and garden sale were held by the local scout troop in the grounds of Eldin.

If you have any family anecdotes, memories, or thoughts from the time, then get involved here.