Far from the Front

West Calder: A Scottish Village and the Great War

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J McGillvary

McGILVARY - In loving memory of my dear son, Pte John McGilvary KOSB, killed in action on 15th September, 1916, at the Somme.


Short was thy life my dearest son,

But peaceful be thy rest;

Your mother missed you most of all,

Because she loved you best.


Inserted by his father and mother,

17 Breich Terrace, West Calder.


Midlothian Advertiser, September 12th, 1919


In Memory of




7th/8th Bn., King's Own Scottish Borderers

who died on

Friday, 15th September 1916.

Commemorative Information


Memorial:  THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France

Grave Reference/Panel Number:  Pier and Face 4 A and 4 D


Location: The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929).


CWGC website