Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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J Simpson

Addiewell Soldier Killed


"Mr Robert Simpson, Addiewell, has received information that his son, Pte John D Simpson, of the 5th Royal Scots, has been killed in action at the Dardanelles. Pte Simpson was serving his apprenticeship as a cooper in the Addiewell Oil Works when the war broke out, and when the call for recruits came he at once enlisted in the 5th Royal Scots. Although under the age for foreign service he volunteered, and the consent of his parents being secured he proceeded with the expedition to the Dardanelles. He came safely through the severe fighting in the earlier stages, but was killed on the 17th May. Deceased was a member of the West Calder and District Pipe Band. Widespread sympathy is being shown for Mr and Mrs Simpson in the sad bereavement they have been called upon to bear."


Midlothian Advertiser, May 28, 1915.


In Memory of




5th Bn., Royal Scots

who died on

Sunday, 16th May 1915. Age 17.


Additional Information:  Son of Robert and Jessie Simpson, of 24, Stephenson St., Addiewell,

West Calder, Midlothian.


Commemorative Information


Memorial:  HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey

The Helles Memorial stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.


Historical Information:  The Helles Memorial bears over 20,000 names and is both the memorial to the Gallipoli campaign and to men who fell in that campaign and whose graves are unknown or who were lost or buried at sea in Gallipoli waters (other than Australian, New Zealanders and Newfoundlanders who are named on other memorials). Inscribed on it are the names of all the ships that took part in the campaign and the titles of the army formations and units which served on the Peninsula.    


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