Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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W Watson

"Mrs William Watson, Mossend, has received the sad news that her only son, Pte William Watson, of the KOSB, died of wounds received in action on the 24th September. His injuries were of a serious nature, and he passed away the same evening at the Casualty Clearing Station. He was the only son of the late William Watson, who resided for many long years in what is now known as Learmonth Crescent."


Midlothian Advertiser, 6th October, 1916


In Memory of




2nd Bn., King's Own Scottish Borderers

who died on

Sunday, 24th September 1916. Age 33.


Additional Information:  Son of Helen Watson, of 4, East St., Mossend, West Calder, Midlothian, and the late William Watson.


Commemorative Information


Cemetery:  GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE, Somme, France


Grave Reference/Panel Number:  I. H. 39.


Historical Information:  In September, 1916, the 34th and 2/2nd London Casualty Clearing Station, were established at this point (called locally "la demie-lieue," and by the British Grove Town), to deal with casualties from the Somme battlefields. They were moved in April, 1917, and, except for a few burials in August and September 1918, the Cemetery was closed. There are now over 1,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. The cemetery covers an area of 3,540 square metres. It is bounded on the North-East side by the road and on the other three sides by rubble walls.  


CWGC website