Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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T Cairney

In Memory of




1st Bn., Cameron Highlanders

who died on

Thursday, 17th October 1918. Age 32.


Additional Information: Son of Michael and Jane Cairney, of 4, Raeburn Row, West Calder, Midlothian.


Commemorative Information



Grave Reference/Panel Number:  B. 7.


Historical Information: Vaux-Andigny was captured by American and British troops in October, 1918. The British Cemetery originally contained British and (in a separate plot) German graves; but after the Armistice the German graves were removed and the 35 British graves from the Communal Cemetery Extension were brought in. There are now over 60, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a small number are unidentified. The cemetery covers an area of 191 square metres and is enclosed on three sides by a low sandstone wall.


CWGC website


We regret to announce the death in action of Pte Thomas Cairney, of the Cameron Highlanders, on October 16th. He enlisted at the outbreak of war, and went across to France with the Expeditionary Force. He played his part well through out the war, and fell just when the prospect of peace was coming into sight.


Midlothian Advertiser, 1st November, 1918