Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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J McCormick

'Mrs McCormack, Forth Street, has received a letter from the chaplain stating that her husband, Pte J McCormack, of the 13th Royal Scots, has been killed in action. He enlisted in the Irish Guards shortly after the outbreak of war, but owing to weak eyesight he was discharged. He was determined to do his bit however, and re-enlisted in the Royal Scots. Pte McCormack was only 25 years of age, and leaves a widow and three children for whom sympathy will be felt.'


Midlothian Advertiser


Note : James McCormack's wife took a job as a porter at the West Calder railway station in order to support their three children after her husband died. She was killed by an Edinburgh express train in 1918 whilst at work.

On Friday afternoon of last week, a sad accident, which had a fatal termination, took place at West Calder Railway Station.


The 5.10 passenger train from Glasgow had just arrived at the station, and Mrs McCormack, who was employed as a porter, came out of the booking office at the time. The express from Edinburgh was due at the same time, but she had evidently forgotten it, and did not observe it approaching, with the result that she stepped right in front of it.


The driver had no chance of saving her, but promptly brought his train to a standstill a short distance beyond the station. The buffer of the engine had apparently struck her and death must have been instantaneous.


Mrs McCormack lost her husband in the war, and took up the position as porter with a view to earn her livelihood, and she leaves three young children.


Midlothian Advertiser, August 30, 1918.

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