Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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'The memorial which was draped with a large Union Jack was unveiled by General Sir Francis Davies drawing a cord and permitting the Union Jack to fall to the ground. A trumpeter then sounded the 'Last Post' and it was followed by the 'Flowers of the Forest' by the Pipe Band. Many a tear started as the wail of the pipes was borne out on the quiet of the Sabbath afternoon. It brought vividly home to all, as it had done on many a former occasion in Scottish history, the toll which war takes of the flower of our young manhood.'    


'In the course of a short address General Sir Francis Davies said :


I beg of you that when you go away from here today that you don't say to yourselves that we have put up this memorial  to these men and have done our duty by them, and now let us think of other things.


I do ask you to look on what you are doing here today as just the beginning of a long act of reverence and respect to the memory of those men.


Let us forget as much as we can about the war, but never let the memory of these men die in this parish…...these memorials are put up more for the generations to come than for us ... show the memorial to your children for they may have to do the same one day !'


Midlothian Advertiser

26th December 1921

'Far from the Front' tells the story of life in the village of West Calder during the Great War, as seen through the pages of the Midlothian Advertiser.


From the FILES page you can access PDF, Word and audio versions of the story.


The bulk of the research took place in the West Lothian Local History library, as well as on visits to the British Library Newspaper Reading Room in Colindale, London.


Jim Fanning

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