Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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J Anderson


Mr Andrew Anderson, Windyknowes, West Calder, has recieved the sad news that his son, Pte John Anderson, of the Royal Scots, has died of wounds recieved in action. His wounds were of a serious nature, but the news of his death came as a sad shock to the family circle and all who knew him. He was a baker by trade, and enlisted at Bathgate scarcely a year ago and had been a short time at the front when he was called upon to make the supreme sacrifice. Mr Anderson has another son serving, and also two sons in-law.


Mr Andrews has recieved the following letter from the Chaplina to the Forces:-


No 8 General Hospital,




Dear Mr Anderson - it must have been a great shock to you to learn of your son's death. It was a great surprise to me. He was doing well, but suddenly seemed to collapse. I do not live at No. 3 but at No. 8 and when I went he was dead, but the other padre spoke to him on the afternoon of the day he died, and he seemed all right.


I need hardly say how sorry I am for you all. It is a terrible burden to bear. But you have the great comfort of knowing that your brave boy did his best for his country and he will not lose his reward.


Midlothian Advertiser, October 27, 1916.