Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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B Curran

We regret to announce the death of Corporal B Curran, of the Royal Scots, whose home is at Kirkgate, West Calder. He was wounded by a shell on the 13th November, and died in the 11th Casualty Clearing Station the following day. Cpl Curran was a reservist and was called up at the outbreak of the war. He was in the retreat from Mons, and took part in most of the heavy fighting throughout the war. Although he had many narrow escapes, he was remarkably fortunate until he met his death as stated. Deceased, who was 30 years of age, leaves a widow and two children.


CURRAN - Died of wounds received in action on 14th November, 1916, Corporal Bernard Curran, Royal Scots - RIP.


As dawn crept o'er the trenches

He fell 'midst shot and shell:

Our only grief, we were not there

To bid a last farewell


Years may pass, dear brother,

But your face will never fade,

For we love you still as dearly

Though you're in a silent grave.


Inserted by his brothers and sisters, Addiewell.


Although we fain would have kept him,

We would not spoil his chance,

To show his grit, he did his bit,

And fell somewhere in France.


Inserted by his brother and sister-in-law, Mr and Mrs W Curran, 23 Learmonth Crescent, West Calder.


Midlothian Advertiser, November 24, 1916

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