Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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W Grandison

GRANDISON - In loving memory of 21863 Pte William Grandison, Royal Scots, who was killed in action at the Somme on 22nd July, 1916.


So ready to answer the call of the brave,

Though he knew glory's path oft' leads to the grave.

What more or what better could any man give

Than to die for his country that others might live

Honour to those in battle slain,

Who died that we might freedom gain;

To their brave memory homage give;

On history's pages their deeds shall live.

One of the unreturning heroes,

He numbers one of the brave.


Inserted by Mr and Mrs Henderson, Station Lodge, Harburn, West Calder.


Midlothian Advertiser, July 25th 1919

GRANDISON - In loving memory of our dear son, 21863, Pte William Grandison, who was killed in action near Guillemont Farm, on 22nd July, 1916.


There is a grave across the sea

That I do long to see;

Where lies my soldier laddie,

Aye sae dear to me.

Although nae mair I'll see him,

I seem to hear him say,

"Weep not for me, dear mother,

We'll meet again some day."

I have lost you, I who loved you,

But, like others, must be brave,

For I know that you are lying

In a true British hero's grave.


Inserted by his father and mother.

Whistle Lodge, Harburn.


Midlothian Advertiser, July 25th, 1919