Far from the Front

West Calder: A Scottish Village and the Great War

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J McKenna

McKENNA - Killed in action on the 10th April, 1917, Pte James McKenna, Royal Scots, beloved son of Mrs Hugh McKenna, 2 Mid Street, Mossend, West Calder, aged 21 years.

 

Just as his days were sweetest,

Just as his days were best,

He was taken from this world of sorrow

To a home of eternal rest

 

On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy - RIP

 

Midlothian Advertiser, May 11th, 1917

 

Note : 'He was wounded with a machine gun bullet on the 9th, and died the following day. He enlisted in 1915 and had been in France for about 15 months. Previous to enlisting he worked as a baker with West Calder Co-operative Society.'                                             Midlothian Advertiser, May 11th, 1917.

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McKenna - In loving memory of Pte James McKenna, Royal Scots, youngest son of Mrs Hugh McKenna, Mossend, who died of wounds received in action on the 10th April, 1917 - RIP

 

With Jesus now, his weary soul

Has found eternal rest,

And not a wave of trouble rolls

Across his peaceful breast

 

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him; May the blessed view of Jesus comfort him, and the glory of his Sacred Heart be with him forever.

 

On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy.

 

Midlothian Advertiser, April 5, 1918.