Far from the Front

West Calder: A Scottish Village and the Great War

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T Wilson

Mr and Mrs Wilson, Myrtle Grove, West Calder, received the sad news on Wednesday morning that their only son Pte Thomas Wilson, of the Royal Scots, 20 years of age, had died of wounds in Germany on the 4th January.


He was wounded in action and taken prisoner by the Germans last autumn. In December a postcard was received from him which had evidently been written in a German dressing station behind the lines, but no further news came through until the notification of his death this week.


Midlothian Advertiser, April 5, 1918



In Memory of




15th Bn., Royal Scots

who died on

Friday, 4th January 1918. Age 20.


Additional Information:  Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson, of Myrtle Grove, West Calder, Midlothian.


Commemorative Information


Cemetery:  GHENT CITY CEMETERY, Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Grave Reference/Panel Number:  D. 10.


Historical Information: Ghent (Gand or Gent) was occupied by French Marines and the British 7th Division early in October, 1914, but evacuated on the 11th. It was re-occupied by Belgian troops on the 10th November, 1918. The cemetery was used by the Germans during the 1914-18 occupation for prisoners of war. Two of the British war dead were brought after the Armistice from Jabbeke Churchyard. A great Allied Memorial, erected in the cemetery, was unveiled in 1924.