Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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R Brash

Mr Robert Brash, Society Place, West Calder, has been informed that his son, Pte Robert Brash, has been killed in action. Pte Brash was in the Army at the outbreak of the war, and had been in the thick of many a hard-fought battle. He leaves a widow and child who reside at Penicuick. Another son is a prisoner of war, and other two sons are serving.


Midlothian Advertiser, April 19th, 1918


In Memory of




8th Sqdn., Machine Gun Corps (Cav)

who died on

Monday, 1st April 1918. Age 33.


Additional Information: Son of Robert and Catherine Brash, of 12, Society Place, West Calder, Midlothian; husband of Eliza B. Brash, of North Cottage, Penicuik, Midlothian.


Commemorative Information


Memorial:  POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France

Grave Reference/Panel Number:  Panel 93 and 94


Location:  Pozieres is a village some 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert.


Historical Information: The Memorial relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918 when the Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields, and to the succeeding period of four months during which there was built up, behind the new front, of the army, which on the 8 August 1918 began the Advance to Victory. The Memorial commemorates over 14,000 casualties of the United Kingdom and 300 of the South African Forces who have no known grave and who fell in France during the Fifth Army area retreat on the Somme from 21 March to 7 August 1918. The Corps and Regiments most largely represented are The Rifle Brigade with over 600 names, The Durham Light Infantry with approximately 600 names, the Machine Gun Corps with over 500, The Manchester Regiment with approximately 500 and The Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery with over 400 names.


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