The Advertiser’s regular series remembering the First World War now enters the first month of the conflict.
The editorial of the Midlothian Journal said: “The nation is realising at last that the struggle in which we are engaged is a colossal one in which the resources of the Empire in men and means will be tested to their fullest extent.
“The call has come to the manhood of the nation to enrol itself in the fighting line and right nobly is the call being responded to.”
Bonnyrigg was slow in getting off the mark in regard to recruiting but now it is forging ahead in such a manner as to impress upon the fact that its manhood is imbued with the proper spirit. Thursday evening last saw the first batch of recruits and there has been a steady stream of to the United Free Church Hall where an office has been established under the auspices of the Liberal and Unionist Associations.
It is understood that the authorities have intimated their willingness to accept the services of a patrol of Roslin Scouts for coastguard duties so soon as the opportunity occurs and the Scouts met on Tuesday evening to make up the requisite number. The readiness with which the boys have responded is worthy of the Troop, which, it is thought, can produce the most stalwart patrol of Scouts in the country.
The troop trains from Glencorse are still a source of attraction as they pass through Loanhead Station on their way with new recruits for their battalions.
Penicuik Silver Band played programmes of music in various parts of the town on Saturday in aid of the National Relief Fund. The Boy Scouts acted as collectors and the sum of £6 6s 5d was collected.
The Great Battle continues in Europe. The German advance has been resumed with vigour. The British troops have again been in action and again they have distinguished themselves by their courage and bravery.
A report has been received from General Headquarters of the Expeditionary Force giving a return of the casualties of one of the Cavalry Brigades and of three of the Divisions, less one Brigade, It shows the following numbers - Killed: 36 officers, 127 other ranks; Wounded: 57 officers, 629 other ranks; Missing: 95 officers, 4183 other ranks; Total: 96 officers, 4939 other ranks. As regard ‘other ranks’ it is known that a considerable proportion os the missing were wounded men who were sent down country of whom particulars were not available at the General Headquarters. The missing are those not accounted for, and many include unwounded prisoners and stragglers, as well as casualties.