World War One: Midlothian remembers

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This week, the Advertiser begins remembering all those who lost their lives during World War 1.

Britain entered the Great War began on August 4, 1914 and with the centenary approaching, we will be taking a look back on what was happening in and around Midlothian 100 years ago.

In its ‘Notes from Westminster’ column, the March 20, 1914 edition of the Midlothian Journal ran a Navy related story: “Mr Winston Churchill occupied two hours and a-half in unfolding the proposals for the Navy in the coming year. The Bill amounts to £551,550,000, the largest on record.”

Other issues were affecting people in Midlothian, too. In Penicuik: “School Board Elections: On Monday evening, in the Public School, a meeting of the ratepayers was held to hear the report of the members of the board for the last three years.”

In Roslin, new properties had people talking: “Amenity of the village - The low red-tiled roofed house of a past generation is gradually being superceded in the village by more modern houses.”

The top story in Gorebridge was a retirement: “Pit Pony Service - There has just been pensioned off by the Arniston Coal Company a pony which has served the long-term of 20 years underground. This speaks well for the care of the ponies by those in authority.”

Bonnyrigg locals were also marking a retirement: “On Monday night an interesting meeting was held in the Library Hall, Bonnyrigg, for the purpose of making a public presentation to Mr W.S. Craig, who recently retired from the position of Burgh Treasurer.”

Midlothian people had no idea war would be declared in only a few short months.

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

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