Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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O McNally

In Memory of




6th Bn., Leicestershire Regiment

who died on

Saturday, 24th August 1918.


Additional Information: Son of Owen and Mary McInally, of 28, Muirhall, West Calder, Midlothian.


Commemorative Information



Grave Reference/Panel Number:  A. 30.


Location: Fienvillers is a village in the Department of the Somme, on the Doullens-Abbeville main road, 11 kilometres south-west of Doullens. There is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission signpost on the Doullens-Abbeville main road. The British Cemetery is at the south-east side of the road to Pernois, near the south-west corner of the village.


Historical Information: The 38th and 34th Casualty Clearing Stations were posted at Fienvillers in the summer of 1918, and the British Cemetery was made by these hospitals. The British Cemetery was begun in May, 1918, and closed in the following September; and one grave was concentrated into it after the Armistice from an isolated position near Bernaville. There are now over 100, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. The graves of two Indian soldiers, one American, and fourteen German prisoners, buried during the same period have been removed to other cemeteries. The cemetery covers an area of 489 square metres and is enclosed on two sides by a rubble wall.


CWGC website


Mr Owen McNally, Muirhall, has received the sad information that his son Pte Owen McNally of the Leicester Regiment, was wounded in action on the 24th August, and died on Wednesday, the 28th. Pte McNally enlisted at the outbreak of war, and had been through the thick of the fighting. He was five times wounded. In civil life he was a Picture House operator.


Midlothian Advertiser, 6th September, 1918