Far from the Front

West Calder: A Scottish Village and the Great War

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J Grant

On Saturday morning Mr and Mrs Thomas Grant, Dalcairn, West Calder, received the sad news that their

eldest son, Lance-Corporal Jas Grant, of the Cameron Highlanders, had been killed in action on March 15th.

Along with a few comrades he had been holding an advanced post when a German raid took place and

Lance-Corporal Grant was killed by a rifle bullet in the fighting which took place.


He had been sixteen months in France, and had taken part in some of the heavy fighting. For some time he had been back from the front line taking part in a special course, but was recalled when the Germans began to mass on the British front preparatory to their big offensive.


The following letter has been received by Mr Grant from the Captain of C Company of the Cameron Highlanders -


BEF France

March 19th


Dear Mr Grant - it is with feelings of the deepest regret I have to inform you of the death of your son, who was killed in action on the night of March 15th. The circumstances under which he was killed were these - A party of the enemy, under cover of darkness, rushed the post in which he was with four others. They failed to reach the post, and had to retire, leaving one of their number dead, but not before they had killed two and wounded two of my men by rifle fire at close range. Your son was buried near where he fell, and a cross erected over the grave the next night.


Midlothian Advertiser, March 29th, 1918


In Memory of


Lance Corporal S/23175

1st Bn., Cameron Highlanders

who died on

Thursday, 14th March 1918.

Commemorative Information


Memorial:  TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Grave Reference/Panel Number: Panel 136 to 138                                                    CWGC website

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