Far from the Front

West Calder: A Scottish Village and the Great War

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W McArthur

In Memory of




13th Bn., Royal Scots

who died on

Wednesday, 24th July 1918. Age 39.


Additional Information: Son of Emily McArthur, of Brown's Close, South Queensferry, West Lothian, and the late John McArthur; husband of Janet McArthur, of 22, Watt St., Addiewell, Midlothian.


Commemorative Information


Memorial: SOISSONS MEMORIAL, Aisne, France

Location: The town of Soissons stands on the left bank of the River Aisne, approximately 100 kilometres north-east of Paris. The Soissons Memorial, which will be found in the public square, commemorates nearly 4,000 war dead from the 1914-1918 War who have no known grave. Its particular reference is to the Battles of the Aisne and Marne, 1918, in which comparatively small bodies of British troops played a conspicuous part in defeat and in victory. The memorial consists of a cenotaph before which stands the figures of three soldiers. Behind the memorial is a three-sided wall bearing the names of those officers and men who fell in this theatre of war and who have no known grave. The memorial register is kept at the Mairie where it may be consulted.


CWGC website


McARTHUR - In loving memory of my dear husband, Corporal William McArthur, DCM, Royal Scots, killed in action on 23rd July, 1918, aged 39 years.


It's just one year ago today,

I can remember well,

The sad news that came to me,

Of how my husband fell.


Inserted by his wife and family, 22 Watt Street, Addiewell.


Midlothian Advertiser, 25th July, 1919