WW1 - Midlothian remembers

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The Advertiser’s regular series remembering World War One and its impact on Midlothian continues.

From 100 years ago this week Midlothian Journal now carries a full page of reports on The War in addition to local news of the war effort, recruitment and training.

The Journal’s comment: “After thirteen weeks of war we survey the situation as it affects ourselves, our allies, and the enemy, with some satisfaction. So far as the Allies are concerned, all goes well by land and sea, though we cannot suppose the the end is anywhere in sight.

“We set out with no high hope of reacing to the heart of Germany within a scheduled time; we anticipated a campaign in the west both long and arduous, and we looked for no definite result on land there until the pressure of the Russian armies made itself felt in East Prussia, Posen or Selisia.

“What we did not expect was that the Germans would be content to abandon the advance on Paris so tamely or that the Kaiser would have diverted or required his full strength to subjugate Belgium - certainly no part of the original scheme arranged by General Staff.”


In aid of the Belgian refugees - The ladies of Bonnyrigg are too all appearances blessed with slightly more than their fair share of patriotic sympathy for the gallant sufferers of the great European War. Unappeased by their efforts in flower collecting and with the knitting of socks, helmets and the like, a committee of local ladies, under Mrs Hood, organised a combined cake and candy sale and jumble sale, which took place on Saturday last.

According to information gleaned from various sources it appears that the Earl of Dalhousie has been seriously injured at the front. His Lordship is attached to the Scots Guards.


Several Pathhead men, who volunteered with the Foreign Service Battalion of the 8th Royal Scots, left Haddington on Monday. They include Sergeant Allan, Dewarton, Privates Bain, Cowan and Haddon.

Privated Dickson and Cameron of the Gordon Highlanders, are presently prisoners in Germany.

Lieutant Callander, son of Mr and Mrs Callander, Prestonhall, has distinguished himself at the front, receiving amongst other honours that of the French Legion of Honour.


Private Alexander Russell, of the Scots Guards, has received a buller wound in the arm during the fighting in Flanders and is now an inmate in the Military Hospital at Aberdeen. The gallant Scots Guardsman is the son of Police Inspector Russell and was serving in the Edinburgh City Police when the Reserves were called up. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Information reached Loanhead yesterday to the effect that Private James Russell, 2nd Battalion Scots Guards, has been wounded in the fighting in Belgium and was an inmate in one of the base hospitals in France. In a letter to his father, Police Inspector Russell, the wounded soldier states he was feeling quite comfortable