Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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A Brown

"Mr David Brown, Polbeth Farm, has received the sad news that his son, Pte Alexander Brown, of the Royal Scots, attached to the Warwickshire Regiment, has died in hospital. He was very severely wounded in both legs and his condition was considered critical. Everything possible was done for him, but he succumbed to his injuries. Pte Brown was for a time engaged on coast defence, but after joining the Warwickshires he was sent to the front and took part in severe fighting."


Midlothian Advertiser, 15th September, 1916


In Memory of




8th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment

who died on

Friday, 8th September 1916. Age 20.


Additional Information:  Son of David and Janet Brown, of Polbeth Farm, West Calder, Midlothian.


Commemorative Information



Grave Reference/Panel Number:  I. A. 13.


Historical Information:  Merville was the scene of fighting early in October, 1914, between French and British Cavalry and the Germans, but from the 9th of that month to the 11th April, 1918, it remained in British hands. In October, 1914, and in the autumn of 1915, it was the Headquarters of the Indian Corps. It was a railhead until May, 1915, and a billeting and hospital centre from 1915 to 1918. The 6th and Lahore Casualty Clearing Stations were there from the autumn of 1914 to the autumn of 1915; the 7th from December, 1914, to April, 1917; the 54th (1st/2nd London) from August, 1915, to March, 1918; and the 51st (Highland) from May, 1917, to April, 1918; and practically all the British burials were those of men who died in these hospitals.                     CWGC website