Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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J Gibson

"Mr Joseph Gibson, Annan Street, West Calder, has been officially notified that his son, Pte Joseph Gibson, of the 11th Royal Scots, has been wounded in action in France. He is now in the 23rd general Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound in the face. Pte Gibson went through the South African War, and re-enlisted in december 1914. When he was at home he worked as a coal miner. He is now 42 years of age."


Midlothian Advertiser, February 18, 1916


In the month of February we reported the fact that Pte Joseph Gibson, of the 11th Royal Scots, son of Mr Joseph Gibson, Annan Street, West Calder, had been wounded in action in France and had been taken to hospital. He was wounded by gunshot in the face, and his injuries were of such a serious nature he succumbed. General sympathy will be felt for the aged father and family in their sad bereavement. The body was brought home and the internment took place in West Calder cemetery on Tuesday last. Fully one hundred members of the Royal Scots from Bathgate attended the funeral to pay a last mark of respect to a fallen comrade. The firing party preceded the hearse, and it was followed by relatives, the members of the Royal Scots, and the general public. The pipers played a lament as the sad procession wended its way to the Cemetery, and large crowds watched it in respectful silence as it passed by. The body was interred with full military honours, and the Rev Dr Anderson conducted a very impressive service at the graveside. The large company of mourners was visibly affected by the service."


Midlothian Advertiser, April 7, 1916


In Memory of




11th Bn., Royal Scots

who died on

Thursday, 30th March 1916.

Commemorative Information


Cemetery:  WEST CALDER CEMETERY, Midlothian, United Kingdom

Grave Reference/Panel Number:  D. 194.


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