Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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J Irvine

We regret to learn that Pte James Irvine, of the Royal Scots, whose home is at Main Street, West Calder, is reported missing. Previous to enlisting he was for a time in the service of the Post Office, and later he acted as a vanman for Messrs. A Mungle & Sons, merchants. We hope the family circle will soon have more reassuring news concerning him.


Midlothian Advertiser, June 8, 1917


In Memory of




6th Bn., King's Own Scottish Borderers

who died on

Thursday, 3rd May 1917.

Commemorative Information


Memorial:  ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference/Panel Number:  Bay 6


Location: The Arras Memorial is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, which is in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the western part of the town of Arras. The cemetery is near the Citadel, approximately 2 kilometres due west of the railway station. The Memorial commemorates almost 35,000 casualties of the British, New Zealand and South African Forces who died between Spring 1916 and 7th August 1918, with the exception of casualties of the Battle of Cambrai in 1917, and who have no known grave. The design, by Sir Edward Lutyens, consists of a cloister, 25 feet high and 380 feet long, built up on Doric columns and faces west. In the broader part of the site the colonnade returns to form a recessed and open court, terminated by an apse. The names of the casualties are carved on stone panels fixed to the cloister walls.


CWGC website


Pte James Irvine, No 25289, C Coy, 11th Platoon, 6th KOSB was reported missing on 3rd May, 1917, and has never been heard of since. Any information regarding him from returned prisoners of war will be gratefully received by his mother, Mrs Irvine, 66 Main Street, West Calder.


Midlothian Advertiser, 17th January, 1919