Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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T Hope

In Memory of




10th Bn., Hampshire Regiment

who died on

Monday, 1st April 1918. Age 38.


Additional Information: Son of James and Margaret Henderson Hope, of Townhead, Carnwarth, Lanarkshire.


Commemorative Information



Grave Reference/Panel Number:  1386.


Historical Information: Salonika (now Thessalonika) was occupied in October, 1915, at the invitation of M. Venizelos, by three French Divisions and the 10th (Irish) Division from Gallipoli. Other French and British forces landed-during the year, and in the summer of 1916 Russian and Italian forces joined them. In August, 1916, a Greek Revolution broke out at Salonika, with the result that the Greek National Army came into the War on the Allied side; and these contingents, with the reconstituted Serbian Army, formed the Salonika Army to which the Bulgarians yielded in September, 1918. Salonika was the base of the British Salonika Force, and it contained from time to time eighteen General and Stationary Hospitals (of which three were Canadian, although there were no other Canadian units in the Force). The earliest British burials took place in the local Protestant (or Anglo-German) and Roman Catholic Cemeteries. The British graves in the Roman Catholic Cemetery were moved into the Military Cemetery after the Armistice; but the Protestant Cemetery still contains the graves of soldiers, sailors of the Royal Fleet Reserve, Merchant Seaman, who died in October or November, 1915.                                                                  


CWGC website


We regret to announce the death from wounds on 1st April of Sergt Thomas Hope, of the Hants regiment, third son of Mr James Hope, who formerly carried on a tailoring business at West Calder, and is now resident in Carnwath. Other three sons are serving wioth the colours, viz., Alexander, Cornelius and Robert. In the recent fighting Robert was wounded, and is now in an English Hospital.


Midlothian Advertiser, May 3, 1918