Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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R Sneddon

We regret to announce the death in action on the 23rd April of Pte Richard Sneddon, Royal Scots, youngest son of Mrs Sneddon, draper, West Calder. Previous to enlisting he was employed as a shoemaker with Mr Brown, in the Main Street. Her eldest son Henry, who is also serving, was injured in an accident, and is now in hospital.


Midlothian Advertiser, May 11, 1917


In Memory of




1st Bn., King's Own Scottish Borderers

who died on

Monday, 23rd April 1917.



Commemorative Information


Memorial:  ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference/Panel Number:  Bay 6


Location: The Arras Memorial is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, which is in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the western part of the town of Arras. The cemetery is near the Citadel, approximately 2 kilometres due west of the railway station. The Memorial commemorates almost 35,000 casualties of the British, New Zealand and South African Forces who died between Spring 1916 and 7th August 1918, with the exception of casualties of the Battle of Cambrai in 1917, and who have no known grave. The design, by Sir Edward Lutyens, consists of a cloister, 25 feet high and 380 feet long, built up on Doric columns and faces west. In the broader part of the site the colonnade returns to form a recessed and open court, terminated by an apse. The names of the casualties are carved on stone panels fixed to the cloister walls.


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