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.


Official news has been received in Lasswade of the death of Private Geo Proudfoot, 8th Royal Scots, who succumbed to his injuries the day before his mother was buried. In a letter announcing the death it is stated that the King and the Prince of Wales had a short conversation with Proudfoot and expressed their sympathy with him. He succumbed a few days later to the effects of a scalp wound received in action.


A number of the members of the Reserve Battalion were allowed home on leave for the weekend but were hastily notified on Sunday to report themselves at headquarters on Monday morning to be in readiness to go to the front.


News has been received of the death of Private Richard Cornwall of Monkswood, Newtongrange, who served in the Cameron Highlanders. He died at Ypres after sustaining terrible injuries.


A grand concert for the Belgian Relief Fund was advertised in the paper, taking place on December 17 at St Leonard’s Church Hall.


It has been suggested that all the men in the Gorebridge district who are on service should be made the recipient of a Christmas gift from the people in the district. Mr Harry Dawson of the Picture House has collected and handed over £5 and five shillings as a first instalment for such a fund.