Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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A Dundas

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Mr and Mrs Robert Dundas, Muirhall, have received the sad news that their son, Private Archibald Dundas of the Australian Imperial Force, was killed in action on the 5th June.


Pte Dundas was for a considerable time employed with the Caledonian Railway Company at West Calder Station.


In May of 1911 he emigrated to Australia, and set up in business there for himself.


In August 1915 he decided to come across and help the Mother Country in the struggle for liberty, and he came to Europe with a number of young men like himself who had gone to Australia to push their fortunes.


After seven weeks in the trenches in France he was severely wounded in the Somme offensive of July 1916. After a good recovery he again returned to France and put in some good servcie. During the winter however he suffered from frost-bite and was also laid aside with enteric fever.


When he was restored to health he returned to France for the third time, and after nine months service in which he took part in much of the heavy fighting, he made the supreme sacrifice on the 5th of this month.


Another brother, Pte William Dundas, is serving and is at present wounded, and in a hospital in Surrey.


Midlothian Advertiser, 21st June, 1918