Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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A Meek

West Calder Soldier Wounded


"Pte Alexander Meek, of the 12th Royal Scots, son of Mr James Meek, 17 Tweed Street, West Calder, has been wounded in action in France. The nature of his wounds are not known yet, as Mr Meek has only received the official notice. He is a young man of nearly 18 years. He enlisted in January last, and previous to doing so he worked in West Mains coal mine."


Midlothian Advertiser, October 29, 1915


"Mr James Meek, 17 Tweed Street, West Calder, has received the sad news that his son, Pte Alexander Meek, of the 12th Royal Scots, died of wounds on the 17th November last, while a prisoner in the hands of the Germans. He was buried at Hulloch. Pte Meek enlisted in April 1915, and took part in the Battle of Loos in September. Previous to enlisting he worked as a coal miner with Young's Oil Coy. Mr Meek's family have shown a splendid example of patriotism, and sympathy will be felt for the parents in the sad loss they have sustained."


Midlothian Advertiser, February 18, 1916


MEEK - In loving memory of Alexander Meek, beloved son of James and Jane Meek, 17 Tweed Street, West Calder, who died on 17th November, 1915, from wounds received in action at the Battle of Loos, aged 18 years.


"He did his bit"


Had we but seen him at his last,

Or watched his dying bed,

Or heard the last sigh of his heart,

Or hold his drooping head :

Our hearts we think, would not have felt

This bitterness of grief;

But God has ordered otherwise,

And now he rests in Peace.

Sleep on, dear Alex, in a far-off land,

In a grave we shall never see,

But as long as life and memory last We will remember thee


Inserted by his brother James


Midlothian Advertiser, March 10, 1916