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.

To give our readers a feel for what was going on at the time, we’ll be taking a look back on what was happening in and around Midlothian 100 years ago.

In Bonnyrigg, a recital was the week’s news: “A splendid concert was held in the Public Hall, Bonnyrigg, on Wednesday evening under the auspices of the local church Choral Union. The large audience gave Mr. Chas. Guild, the conductor, and the soloists a hearty welcome at the outset.”

A fire occurred in Rosewell: “Mr Hood’s house at Midfield was burned to the ground this morning. The outbreak was discovered about half-past seven in the morning.”

In Roslin: “The annual social of the local Juvenile Tent of the Independent Order of Rechabites was held on Saturday evening in the public hall, a special effort was made on this occasion by the new superintendent, Bro. Alex M’beth.”

A shaky government had everyone focused on the national column: “The jubilation among the Tories caused by rumours that the downfall of the Government was imminent was reflected on Wednesday afternoon, after a brisk exchange between Mr. Winston Churchill and the Opposition, the Minister of War.”

People in Midlothian had their minds cast on many issues back then. Little did they know the outbreak of WW1 would come just a few short months later.

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

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