Far from the Front

West Calder: A Scottish Village and the Great War

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A Brady




"A" Coy. 12th Bn., Hampshire Regiment

who died on

Monday, 11th November 1918. Age 25.


Additional Information: Son of Charles Brady (late Lt. 2nd Bn. Royal Scots) and Minnie Hall Brady, of IO, West End, West Calder, Midlothian.


Commemorative Information



Grave Reference/Panel Number:  VII. J. 7.


Location: Struma Military Cemetery is 65 kilometres North-East of Thessaloniki, in the village of Kalokastron. Access is by a sign-posted track on the North side of the village.


Historical Information: The Struma River flows through Bulgaria Southward to the Greek frontier, and thence South-Eastward into the Aegean Sea. From the Allied Base at Salonika a road ran North-East across the river to Seres, and it was this road that the right wing of the Allied Army used for the movements of troops and supplies during the Salonika Campaign. The "Struma front" was the Eastern half of the British front. Forty miles from Salonika, and a mile South-East of the village of Orlyak, near the 71 kilometre stone, the 40th Casualty Clearing Station was established in the Autumn of 1916; and the cemetery made for it was originally called Kilo 71 Military Cemetery. The original plot (I) was set too close to the ravine, and the graves in it were moved after the Armistice to the present plots VIII and IX. The remainder of the cemetery consists almost entirely of graves brought in from the battlefields, from the churchyards at Homondos, Haznatar and Kalendra, and from little front-line cemeteries (established by Field Ambulances or Battalions), of which the chief were those at Ormanli, Dolab Wood and Big Tree Well (on the right bank of the Struma, opposite Ormanli.                                                                        CWGC website