Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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J Reid

Soldier Reported Missing Now Reported Killed


"Mr John Reid, 10 Stewart Street, West Calder, has been notified by the War Office that his son, Pte James Reid, of the 1st KOSB, who was reported missing at the Dardanelles on 4th June, 1915, must now be considered to have been killed on that date. Pte Reid enlisted in January, 1915 and was sent to the Dardanelles after a few months training. In civil life he worked as a shale miner with Young's Oil Company."


Midlothian Advertiser, Friday 14th July, 1916


In Memory of




1st Bn., King's Own Scottish Borderers

who died on

Friday, 4th June 1915.

Commemorative Information



Grave Reference/Panel Number:  XI. B. 19.


Historical Information:  Helles is the southernmost of the three areas into which the fighting on Gallipoli, and the cemeteries in the Peninsula, are divided. Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery was made after the Armistice by the concentration of smaller cemeteries and isolated graves from the battlefields of April to August and December, 1915. There are now over 3,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly two-thirds are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 646 soldiers from the United Kingdom, ten from New Zealand and one from Australia, known or believed to be buried among them. These special tablets include the names of 142 officers and men of the 1st Essex who fell on the 6th August, 1915, and 47 of the 1/7th Scottish Rifles who fell on the 28th June; and it is probable that most of the dead of some other units on those two dates are buried here as unknown soldiers.  


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