WW1 - Midlothian Remembers

World War One
World War One

The Advertiser’s regular series remembering the First World War now enters the first few weeks of the conflict.

In the editorial column of the Midlothian Journal, states: “Tuesday next will have seen this country at war for four weeks. During the month the times have been stirring and anxious but there is no change in the country’s grim determination to see this through.”

In Bonnyrigg there was a call for more recruitment. “This paragraphs ought to have been headed ‘No Recruiting’ for according to the latest information no recruiting has yet taken place in Bonnyrigg although offices were opened on Saturday. Whether or not this fact has not been sufficiently well advertised we do not know but Bonnyrigg will lay itself open to the imputation of being unpatriotic if it does not waken up soon to the needs of the nation. True, it has sent its quota of Territorials and Reservists but it is not enough. Fife miners, for example, have responded so nobly that about half of the eligible men in the county are under training. Do not let Bonnyrigg be behind.”

In the Penicuik area more than 300 men joined the National Reserve. “On Friday evening sixty members of the Penicuik Detachment F Company, National Reserve, turned up for drill in the hall. Major C K Brown, Loanhead, complimented the men on their appearance and stated that between Penicuik and Loanhead 130 men had turned out for the first night.

“On Sunday evening a further draft of 250 men left Glencorse by special train for where - it matters not.”

Cheering the troop trains as they pass through the station nightly has become one of the attractions of the youths of Loanhead. Drum Major Gray and his comrades of the veterans’ pipe band had the honour of playing a detachment of Royal Scots from Glencorse Barracks to the station on their way to join their regiment last Friday night.