Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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H Roy

We regret to announce that Mrs Roy, Harburn Road, West Calder, received the sad news yesterday that her husband, Pte H W Roy, Scottish Rifles, had died of wounds in a French hospital. Pte Roy was very severely wounded in action, and for a time seemed to be rallying. A relapse apparently set in, and he passed away. Previous to enlisting Pte Roy was on the staff of the Prudential Assurance Company, and was well-known and highly respected.


Midlothian Advertiser, May 25, 1917


In Memory of




9th Bn., Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

who died on

Tuesday, 22nd May 1917. Age 34.


Additional Information:  Son of John and Elizabeth Roy, of Alva, Clackmannanshire; husband of Annie C. Roy, of Harburn Rd., West Calder, Midlothian.


Commemorative Information


Cemetery:  ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference/Panel Number:  XXV. D. 17.


Location:  Etaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne. The Military Cemetery is to the north of the town, on the west side of the road to Boulogne.


Historical Information:  During the 1914-18 war, the neighbourhood of the Cemetery became the scene of immense concentrations of British reinforcement camps and of British hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and it was accessible by railway from either the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes, and the hospitals (which included eleven General, one Stationary and four Red Cross Hospitals and a Convalescent Depot) could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. Convalescent Depot remained. The earliest burial in the Cemetery dates from May 1915. There are now nearly 11,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site and over 100 from the 1939-45 War. The cemetery covers an area of 59,049 square metres. The graves lie below three terraces, the midmost of which carries the War Stone and two pylons, and the highest is dominated by the Cross. CWGC website