Far from the Front

West Calder: A Scottish Village and the Great War

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J Brash

In Memory of



3rd attd. 7th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders

who died on

Saturday, 9th November 1918. Age 25.


Additional Information: Son of Robert and Catherine Brash, of 12, Society Place, West Calder, Midlothian. M.A.


Commemorative Information



Grave Reference/Panel Number:  VII. D. 39.


Location: Terlincthun British Cemetery is situated on the northern outskirts of Boulogne. From Calais follow the A16 to Boulogne, come off at Junction 3 and follow the D96E for Wimereux Sud. Continue on this road for approximately 1 kilometre when the Cemetery will be found on the left hand side of the road.


Historical Information: The first British rest camps were established near Terlincthun in August 1914, and during the whole of the war both Boulogne and Wimereux contained a number of British hospitals. The cemetery was created in June 1918 and was used until July 1920, mainly for the burial of men who died in the hospitals. During the 1939-1945 War, there was heavy fighting over the area in 1940. Wimille was devastated when the garrison at Boulogne fought a very gallant delaying action lasting from May 22nd to May 25th, covering the withdrawal of our forces to Dunkirk. There was some fighting in Wimille again in 1944. The cemetery suffered considerable damage not only from the shelling in 1940, but from the vandalism of the German troops occupying the adjoining chateau, who used the shelter buildings on the opposite side of the cemetery for target practice. There are now over 4,500, 1914-18 and nearly 150, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. The cemetery covers an area of 15,970 square metres.                                                   CWGC website


As reported in our last issue, Lieut James Brash, DSO, Seaforth Highlanders, son of Mr Robert Brash, Society Place, West Calder, has been severely wounded. We regret to learn that it has been found necessary to amputate a foot, and that he is in a very critical condition. His father was telegraphed for to go to France to see him this week.


Midlothian Advertiser, November 9, 1918