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.


Mrs McGeechan of John Street, Penicuik, received news that her son, Private John McGeechan, is a prisoner of war at Darmstadt, Germany.

On Tuesday afternoon 50 young men left Penicuik in a special motor bus to join Sir George McCrae’s Battalion at its initial parade. The party included former Penicuik Juniors and Falkirk FC player Andrew Henderson and Penicuik Cricket Club secretary Thomas Young.


Private Crookston has returned home from the scene of action. He was wounded in several places and is anxious to again get back to the front.


A large crowd assembled in the hall attached to St Leonard’s Episcopal Chapel for the Belgian Relief Concert on Thursday night. Over £4 was forwarded to the fund.


Meanwhile, away from war, for the third time in as many weeks the main railway line was blocked. On Monday night just outside Gorebridge Station an engine jumped the rails while coming out of Arniston siding, blocking both the up and down main lines. Trains were delayed for two and a half hours.