Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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C McKenna

In Memory of




"A" Bty. 78th Bde., Royal Field Artillery

who died on

Saturday, 24th August 1918.

Commemorative Information


Cemetery:  ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France

Grave Reference/Panel Number:  Q. III. I. 22.


Historical Information: During the 1914-1918 War, British camps and hospitals were placed on the Southern outskirts of the city, a Base Supply Depot and the 3rd Echelon of General Headquarters were established at Rouen. The Hospitals at Rouen remained there in almost all cases for practically the whole of the 1914-1918 War. They included eight General, five Stationary, one British Red Cross and one Native Labour Hospitals, and No. 2 Convalescent Depot. A number of the dead from these Hospitals were buried in other cemeteries, but the great majority were taken to St. Sever; and in September, 1916, it was found necessary to begin using the Extension. The last burial in the Extension took place in April, 1920.


CWGC website


We regret to learn that Mrs McKenna, Mossend, received the sad news on Wednesday morning, that her son, Pte Charles McKenna, of the RFA, had succumbed to his injuries. We stated in our last issue that he had been severely gassed, but hopes were entertained that he might recover. This is the second son that Mrs McKenna has lost in the war, and also a son-in-law. Pte McKenna, who was a shale miner with Young's Oil Coy, was a general favourite, and keen regret will be felt at his untimely death. He acted in a fine spirit in joining voluntarily so that the family would always be represented in the struggle for liberty and justice, and now he has made the supreme sacrifice for the cause.


Midlothian Advertiser, August 30, 1918