Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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J Bryce

"This is a photograph of Pte John Bryce of the Royal Scots, who died of wounds received in action on 24th September. Pte Bryce is son of Mr and Mrs William Bryce, The Cottage, Kirkgate, West Calder, and is only 19 years of age. He enlisted at Bathgate in January and after a period of training he went out to France nearly 3 months ago. Pte Brody, Linlithgow, wrote home stating that Pte Bryce had been wounded in action and had been taken to hospital. On Tuesday morning, however, official notice was received that he had succumbed to his injuries."


Midlothian Advertiser, 6th October, 1916


BRYCE - died of wounds received in action on the 24th September, Pte John Bryce, Royal Scots, in his 19th year, eldest son of William and Agnes Bryce, Manse Cottage, West calder. Deeply regretted.


He marched away so bravely,

His young head proudly held,

His spirit never faltered,

His courage never failed.

While on the field of battle,

He calmly took his place,

He fought and died for Britain

And the honour of his race


Inserted by his mother and father

Midlothian Advertiser, 6th October, 1916