Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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T Dolan

Pte Thomas Dolan's death was reported last Monday night. The sad news was received by Mrs Dolan from an officer at the front. Pte Dolan, who was well known in the village, enlisted in August, just after the outbreak of the war. He underwent a period of training, after which he was drafted to the front, where he was killed on the 26th April.


The officer in charge of the Company, writing to Mrs Dolan, says her son was killed by a bullet when firing over the parapet of the trench. His death was instantaneous and without pain. His loss was very keenly felt in the Company, as his cheerful obedience to duty made him respected by all. A service was held and he and another hero were buried together.


Midlothian Advertiser, May 7, 1915


Patriotic West Calder Family


Mrs James Robertson, 37 Dee Street, West Calder, has her husband, four brothers, and several brothers-in-law serving their King and country. Two of her brothers - Pte Patrick Dollan, of the 1st Black Watch, and Pte Thos. Dollan, of the 4th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, of whom we give photos this week, have been killed in France. Her other brothers are Pte John Dollan, 2nd Royal Scots; Pte Peter Dollan, 13th Battery RFA. Her husband is Pte James Robertson, 11th Royal Scots. Her brothers-in-law are Pte Alex Robertson, 6th KOSB; Pte Ebenezer Robertson, HLI; and Pte John Howard, in the Transport section. This is surely a record.


Midlothian Advertiser, November 5, 1915