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 the Midlothian Journal now carries a full page of reports on the War in addition to local news of the war effort, recruitment and training. A lengthy column now appears detailing the men who have been killed, have died, are wounded or are missing.


Died for their country

We learn that Private Wm Allan of Seaforth Highlanders, who lately resided with his sister Mrs Naples, Campview, is reported to have died of his wounds. It is curious to note that a friend of Allan named Andrew Barrowman died on the same day in an Edinburgh hospital as a result of dropsy.

The call of duty

The dark shadow of death has been felt by many Bonnyrigg homes of late. When the nation first called for recruits they did not call in vain so far as that town was concerned, and to-day there are many local inhabitants who have sons, brothers, husbands, or relatives in the trenches. Kitchener, however, still cried like Oliver Twist for “More, more more”. The lines of men who are surely and steadily driving the Germans eastward have been sadly depleted in the carrying out of the arduous task laid to their charge and if the work is to continue these vacant spaces must be filled.


Information has reached Loanhead that Private James Wilkinson, of the 2nd Royal Scottish Fusiliers, is now a prisoner of war at Gustrow, Mecklenburg, Germany. Jamie says he is getting along all right but could be doing with some “woodbines”.


By all accounts the 8th Royal Scots have been in the firing line and have suffered a number of casualties. Private McGarva, Penicuik, is reported to be wounded in the head.

Twice reported killed in error

On Tuesday evening Mr Alexander Cowan, Valleyfield, received a War Office telegram announcing the death of his eldest son Second Lieutenant Chas J A Cowan, 3rd Battalion Royal Scots. On Wednesday evening Mr Cowan received a second telegram stating that the previous one had been sent in error and expressing regret for the mistake. This officer was erroneously reported killed a little over a month ago and the telegrams have naturally caused great pain to the family concerned. Lt Cowan’s last letter from the front, dated November 25, was a very cheerful one stating they had been having a brief rest out of the trenches and referred to the need for more men.