Far from the Front

West Calder: A Scottish Village and the Great War

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C Brady

"We regret to announce the death of Lieut. Charles Brady, which took place at his residence at 10 West End, West Calder, early on Sunday morning, at the age of 52 years. Lieut. Brady caught a chill in the month of May when engaged in recruiting work, and he was home on a month's sick leave. When he returned to duty he appeared to have benefited from the rest, but last month his illness returned, and after being about three weeks at home he gradually sank, and passed away as stated."


Midlothian Advertiser, August 27th, 1915


Note : Charles Brady was born in Glasgow. He joined the army at the age of 18 and had over 23 years service behind him. He served for three years in the Territorials when he returned to civilian life. When the war broke out he was appointed to take charge of the recruiting in West Lothian, with his headquarters at Bathgate.


"When the recruiting boom was on he had to work all hours of night to overtake the heavy duties which devolved upon him, and there is little doubt that this to a large extent undermined his health."