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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:24 pm    Post subject: Forth & District War Memorials Reply with quote

Information on the men on the memorials of Forth, Auchengray, Braehead and Haywood war memorials

http://www.forth.themutual.net/warmemorials.html

The Great War names have pretty standard entries, CWGC, SDWG, 1901 census etc but the Second World War entries have obviously been added to with local knowledge.

I did a search and we don't seem to have Auchengray on the forum unless it's known by another name.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Auchengray I think is in Lothian.

There's a bit at the bottom which makes it clear where the info has come from:

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Special thanks to The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Mr Martin Edwards of Roll of Honour for encouragement and guidance.
William Kilgour and Joseph O'Raw who compiled the booklet "Lanarkshire Men at the Battle of Loos 1915".
and to the many local folks who freely gave of info and memories which added to this token of respect, love and remembrance.
Without their help this listing would not have been possible.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forth, Auchengray, Braehead and Haywood were all in Carnwath Parish, Lanarkshire; subsequently Strathclyde Region, Clydesdale District; nowadays South Lanarkshire.

See http://www.nls.uk/maps/os/2nd_ed_list.html : Sheet 23 - Hamilton : top-right corner.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Auchengray is right on the border with West Lothian but is in South Lanarkshire. It is close to Tarbrax which is right on the border too. (you can see Tarbrax on sheet 24: Peebles by following the link above)

You can see both are south-west of the dotted 'County' line on current OS maps. If you put in ref no NT025557 and go to the 1:50,000 series you can see Tarbrax is about 500 metres from West Lothian. If you put in ref NS999558 and look at the same scale 1:50,000 you will see Auchengray at the botttom of the box and the border about 3kms away in the top right at North Cobbinshaw.

Also try putting 'Tarbrax' in our search engine.

Tarbrax is in South Lanarkshire but it's listed in another post here as Midlothian.

Tarbrax has (or had) a war memorial because Jim McGinlay has it listed under his Pilkington Jackson post in the Sculptors area.

This means we've potentially two missing Lanarkshire war memorials. Auchengray and Tarbrax.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam Brown wrote:
This means we've potentially two missing Lanarkshire war memorials. Auchengray and Tarbrax. Adam


I thought I had Perthshire finished until other memorials popped up. Looks like the same here Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam Brown wrote:
Tarbrax has (or had) a war memorial because Jim McGinlay has it listed under his Pilkington Jackson post in the Sculptors area.

This means we've potentially two missing Lanarkshire war memorials. Auchengray and Tarbrax.

I took a drive out to Tarbrax and Auchengray this afternoon and saw no sign of any war memorials. The Auchengray one on http://www.forth.themutual.net/warmemorials.html looks like it is in a church. If there is one in Tarbrax, I think it is probably in a building somewhere - I saw most of the village this afternoon and there was no sign of one out in the open. The only church buildings that I saw don't look like they are in use as churches any longer. So the Tarbrax memorial remains a mystery.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:08 am    Post subject: Tarbrax & Auchengray War Memorial Reply with quote

Hello,

I saw these posts and also that they were made some time ago. Tarbrax and Auchengray came under the Parish and Postal District of West Calder.

The following is an article from the "Midlothian Advertiser" of 9th January 1920, (this paper was published at that time by J. D Brown Printers of West Calder).

"TARBRAX - War Memorial in Auchengray Church - A memorial erected by the inhabitants in Auchengray Church in memory of the soldiers who fell in the war was unveiled and dedicated. Sheriff Morton, K.C. unveiled the memorial and delivered an address. the following ministers took part:- Rev R R Lindsay, B.D., Lesmahagow, Rev D Hay Sawers, M.A., Carnwath, Rev W Richmond Scott, minister of the church presided. The memorial, designed by Messrs Scott and Rae, Glasgow, is of white Sicilian marble, with background of black marble, oblong in shape with a pended top. At the top is a script scroll with the inscription "to the glory of God and in beloved memory of the soldiers of Auchengray district who fell in the war, 1914 - 1918". In the centre is a plain Latin cross similar in stryle to the crosses over the soldiers graves in France, with the inscriptions - "Their memory will be like a continual benediction". At the arms of the cross are carved uplifted wings, and the rays of the setting sun are seen behind the cross. On either side of the cross are raised panels bearing the names of the fallen. Underneath is the text, "Greater love hath no man this this, that a man lay down his life for his friends", and below, "Erected by the inhabitants as a tribute of undying gratitude".

Most of the fund raising for the memorial in the form of concerts etc, were held in Auchengray Village Hall.

I've some details on some of the men killed or wounded from the district again gleaned from the Midlothian Advertiser and will post them separately.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:38 am    Post subject: Tarbrax & Auchengray War Memorial Reply with quote

Here are the names of some of the men from Tarbrax who fell in the Great War.

Blair – In loving memory of 746 Sgt Hugh McGill Blair, Australian Imperial Forces, who was killed in action at Poziers, July 25th, 1916.
He lies beside his comrades, in a hallowed grave unknown,
But his name is written in letters of love, on the hearts he left at home.
Inserted by Mr and Mrs Bryden, 247 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 27th July, 1917.
Blair - In loving memory of Sergeant Hugh McGill Blair, 5th Btn AIF Australian Infantry, killed in action at Poziers July 25th 1916.
Inserted by Mr and Mrs John Bryden, 247 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 26th July 1918.

Tarbrax Soldier Wounded – Information has been received in Tarbrax to the effect that Sapper T N Bonnar, Royal Engineers has been wounded in action in the Dardanelles. The wound, which is of a very serious nature is in the back and was caused by the bursting of a shrapnel shell. Bonnar before enlisting was employed as a shale miner with the Pumpherston oil Coy in No 1 Pit, Tarbrax.
Midlothian Advertiser, 17th September, 1915.
Tarbrax Soldier Dies of Wounds – Intimation has been received that Sapper T R Bonnar, Royal Engineers, who was reported wounded in our issue of two week ago, has since died from his wounds. Bonnar, who belonged to Biggar, has been employed in Tarbrax for the last five years. He was much respected in the village, his cheery nature and genial disposition gaining for him the respect of all who came into contact with him.
Midlothian Advertiser 1st October, 1915.

Tarbrax Cameron Highlander Killed – Information has reached Mrs Brown, Stark’s Buildings, Tarbrax, that her husband, Pte David Brown of the 1st Btn Cameron Highlanders, was killed in action on Sunday 9th May. Pte Brown, who was employed lately in Tarbrax Oil Works, was in the Cameron’s before and secured his discharge some 18months ago. Shortly after the outbreak of the war, however, he re-enlisted in his old regiment, and being a trained man he was immediately drafted to France, where he served as orderly to Captain Bethune. Deceased who was 25 years of age, was a son of Mr & Mrs John Brown, Tarbrax, and was married a little over a year ago. Much sympathy is felt for his widow in her sad bereavement. The following is a copy of a letter received by Mrs Brown from a comrade at the front;- Dear Mrs Brown, I suppose you will heard by this time the sad news of David’s death, but I thought it my duty, as we were chums out here to write and let you know the particulars. It was on Sunday 9th May that it happened. We were in the third line reinforcements in the morning to the regiments that were to make the actual attack, but they did not succeed, and no wonder, as the Germans had their trench fairly covered with machine guns. It was just simply a living hell. They asked us and the Black Watch to try it in the afternoon, but only with a like result. Of the two platoons in our Company, only a handful are left. We only got halfway across and the few of us that were left had to lie there and pretend death till it was dark, and then crawl back into our own line. I never wish to go through that again. I was servant to Captain Bethune and Davie was his orderly, so were always together. The Captain got his leg fractured by a bullet, but will perhaps write to you from hospital. Some of those left who were in the attack said it was the finest thing they had ever seen. Please accept my sincere sympathy. David died a hero as many another did that day.
Midlothian Advertiser, 4th June 1915.
Tarbrax Soldier Killed – Pte David Brown (Photo) of the 1st Btn Cameron Highlanders, who resided at Stark’s Buildings Tarbrax, was killed in action in France on the 9th May. A sketch of his career appeared in last week’s issue.
Midlothian Advertiser 11th June, 1915.
Private David Brown killed in action in 1915, 1st Cameron Highlanders, killed in action in France on 9th May 1915.
There is a grave, somewhere in France
That our eyes would like to see
Where lies our dear son sleeping
Who died to keep us free.
Inserted by his father and mother, Tarbrax
BROWN – In loving memory of our dear son Pte David Brown 1st Cameron Highlanders, killed in action in France may 9th 1915
There is a grave in France that our eyes would like to see,
Where lies our dear son sleeping, who died to keep us free
We little thought when he left home, his voice we’d ne’er recall
Sad was the morn that brought the news of his untimely fall.
Inserted by his sorrowing Father and Mother 201 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 12th May 1916
Brown – In loving memory of our dear son, Pte David Brown, 1st Cameron Highlanders, who was killed in action in France May 9th 1915.
There is a grave in France that our eyes would like to see,
Where lies our dear son sleeping, who died to keep us free
Inserted by his father and mother 201 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 11th May 1917
Brown – In loving memory of our dear son David Brown, 1st Cameron Highlanders killed in action in France on May 9th, 1915.
There is a grave across the sea, which I do long to see, Where lies my kiltie laddie, the one sae dear to me,
And although nae mair I’ll see him, I seem to hear him say, Keep up your heart, dear mother, we’ll meet again someday,
I did not clasp your hand dear Dave, your face I did not see, I was not there to say goodbye but I will remember thee .
Inserted by his sorrowing father and mother and sister Kate, 201 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 10th May 1918.

In loving memory of 7873 Pte John Brown, 8th Btn Highland Light Infantry attached 8th Btn Royal Scots who died 19th May 1915 aged 19 years. Son of Alexander & Margaret Brown, 197 Cobbinshaw, West Calder a native of East Calder. Remembered with Honour Bethune Town Cememtery. Brother of Thomas below. CWGC
Tarbrax Royal Scot Dies of Wounds – Mr Alex Brown, 251 Tarbrax, has received official information that his son, Pte John Brown, 8th Btn Royal Scots, of whom we give a photo, has died of wounds received in the recent heavy fighting in Flanders. Pte Brown, who was only 18 years of age, enlisted on the 15th October, and was drafted to France on 7th January, where he was wounded. The wounds were of so serious a nature that he died the following day. Before enlisting deceased was employed as a miner with the Pumpherston Oil Co at Tarbrax. This makes the 7th Tarbrax soldier killed since the outbreak of war.
Midlothian Advertiser 18th June, 1915

In loving memory of 14675 Pte Thomas Brown, 12th Btn Royal Scots who died 2nd November 1916 aged 23. Remembered with honour Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial. Son of Margaret Brown, 197 Tarbrax.
Tarbrax Royal Scot dies from wounds – intimation has been received by Mr Alexander Brown, 252 Tarbrax that his son, Pte Thomas Brown, 12th Royal Scots has died of wounds received in action. Pte Brown who is 23 years of age, was last heard of in the heavy engagements at the Battle of Loos and was later reported missing. Although information was received he was generally believed to have been taken as a prisoner of war about September 25th, and official confirmation has now been received from the War Office that he died from wounds on the 2nd of November. Pte Brown enlisted in August 1914, and after being in training at Aldershot was drafted to France in June of last year. This is the second son Mr Alex Brown has given for his country, a brother of deceased, Pte John Brown being killed in action in May of last year. Of a quiet disposition Pte Brown was a general favourite with the younger lads of the village and much sympathy is felt for the parents in their double bereavement.
Midlothian Advertiser 10th March, 1916.

In memory of 16640 Pte George Bryce, 2nd Btn Cameron Highlanders who died 25th May 1915 aged 22. Remembered with honour Le Touquet-Paris Plage Communal Cemetery. Son of Mr John Bryce 220 Cobbinshaw, West Lothian
Tarbrax Soldier Wounded – Intimation has been received by Mr John Bryce, 220 Tarbrax, that his son Pte George Bryce of the Cameron Highlanders has been wounded in action on 14th May. Pte Bryce who in civil life was employed as a miner with the Pumpherston Oil Co at Tarbrax, only enlisted in January, and probably would not have been at the front for a time yet, but he volunteered for service from the 3rd Reserve to the 2nd. He had only been in France some three weeks and it is hoped he will have a very speedy recovery.
Midlothian Advertiser 21st May, 1915.
Tarbrax Soldier Dies of Wounds – We regret to announce the death from wounds of Pte George Bryce of the Cameron Highlanders, of who we give a photo. It will be recalled that Pte Bryce was reported wounded in our issue of a fortnight ago. A piece of shell penetrated the lung, and although Pte Bryce lingered for about ten days his condition was so weak he was unable to stand an operation to have the piece of shrapnel removed. Deceased who was only 21 years of age, was a general favourite in the village. Of a kindly disposition he had a cheery word for all, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. General sympathy is felt for his parents Mr & Mrs John Bryce, Tarbrax, in their sad bereavement.
Midlothian Advertiser 4th June, 1915.
Bryce - In loving memory of our dear son, Pte George Bryce, 2nd Cameron Highlanders who died of wounds received in action in France on May 25th 1915.
His warfare’s o’er, his battles fought, His victory won, though dearly bought
His fresh young life could not be saved; he slumbers now in a soldier’s grave.
Inserted by his Father & mother and family, 220 Tarbrax.
Midlothian Advertiser 19th May 1916.

Sgt James Caldwell, DCM – Killed in Action at Persian Gulf – Sgt Caldwell who was 21 years of age, was the son of Mr James Caldwell, Late mining manager, Tarbrax. He was educated at Tarbrax School and the high School, Edinburgh. He enlisted at the outbreak of war in the Highland Light Infantry ad very soon rose to the position of Sgt, in which capacity he was for a time solely employed drilling recruits. This, however, did not satisfy his ardent spirit and relinquishing his Sergeantship he went to France in the month of June 1915. From there he was drafted to Mesopotamia in December of the same ear. While with the relief force for Kut he was wounded in April 1916. He was specially mentioned in general Sir Percy Lake’s despatch of 12th August, 1916 for conspicuous gallantry and ability in operations having constantly rallied his men in successive positions which had been taken up under heavy fire, thereby stemming the enemy’s advance. He continued his fine work until incapacitated by his wounds. For this he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct medal. Sgt Caldwell before enlisting was in the employment of the British Electric Plant Co, Ltd, Alloa. By his death in action a promising young life has been cut short and sympathy will be felt for the family circle in their sad bereavement.
Midlothian Advertiser 9th February, 1917.

Tarbrax Soldier dies of Wounds - Intimation has been received by Mr Connelly, 261 Tarbrax that his son Patrick of the Cameron Highlanders, had died from wounds received in action in France. Pte Connelly, who was in the army before but secured his discharge, answered the call on the outbreak of the present war, and after being in training for some time he was drafted to France in May. He was wounded in action on September 15th and died in hospital in France on September 30th. Connelly, who was 24 years of age, was a promising footballer, and played for Tarbrax Violet. In civil life he was a shale miner, and was employed with the Pumpherston Oil Coy, Tarbrax. Of a quiet and retiring disposition he was much respected by all who knew him, and the sympathy of the villagers goes out to his relatives in their sad bereavement.
Midlothian Advertiser 15th October, 1915

Tarbrax Soldier Killed at the Dardanelles – (Photo) Pte Thomas Hughes, Tarbrax, who has been killed at
The Dardanelles.
Midlothian Advertiser, December, 1915

Tarbrax Soldier Wounded – News has been received by his sister that Pte James Lockerbie, of the 2nd Btn Cameron Highlanders, belonging to Tarbrax, has been wounded in action on Mary 14th. The wounds, which were caused by bursting of shrapnel, are in the left arm and leg. Later information sent by Pte Lockerbie states they are not of a serious nature and that he expects to be discharged from hospital at an early date.
Midlothian Advertiser 28th May, 1915.
Tarbrax Cameron Killed in Action – Intimation has been received by Miss Agnes Lockerbie, Tarbrax that her brother L/Cpl James Lockerbie, 1st Cameron Highlanders was killed in action on 23rd July by a gunshot wound in the head. L/Cpl Lockerbie who was only 23 years of age enlisted shortly after war was declared and after being in training at Invergordon for some time was drafted out to France. He was only some two months out when he received serious wounds in the arm and leg and was returned to England with a hospital draft. After recovery he was again drafted out in October of last year and has come through most of the heavy engagements. Deceased’s father is also serving with the Forces in France with the Royal Scots and met his son about three weeks before his death. Above we give a photo of L/Cpl Lockerbie in the regalia of the Loyal order of Ancient Shepherds. He was a member of the William Fraser Lodge Tarbrax, in the workings of which he took a keen interest, having held various officers in the Lodge. The sympathy of the whole village goes out to his sister in sad bereavement.
Midlothian Advertiser 11th August, 1916.

Tarbrax Gordon Highlander killed – another Tarbrax soldier has answered the roll call in the person of Pte Alex McInnes of the 2nd Btn Gordon Highlanders. Pte McInnes, who was 29 years of age is a son of Mr John McInnes, 51 Tarbrax. He was lately employed as a coal miner with the Pumpherston Oil Coy at Woolfords. On the outbreak of the war he promptly enlisted, and joined his regiment at Aberdeen, where he put in his training, being drafted to France on 24th January, and coming through most of the heavy fighting till 25th June, when he was killed. The following are extracts from two different letters received by his father from his commanding Officer;-
“Dear Sir, I am very sorry to have to write and inform you that your son Alex McInnes of the machine Gun Section which I commanded and of which he was a unit, was killed in action on 25th June. You will, however, be comforted to know that h died doing his duty and doing it well and bravely, and no man could have a more glorious death. Again, assuring you of my deepest sympathy and that of his comrades” – the following is an extract of a later note from the same Officer:- “Dear Sir, I am afraid I have not much to add to my previous letter. The particular section to which McInnes belonged had to be placed in a rather dangerous position, and the gun was knocked over by a trench mortar, which buried the gun and two of the team, including your son who was killed at once. I was very sorry to lose your son,, as I knew him before he left Aberdeen, and he turned out to be a very good soldier and a reliable machine gunner. All his chums had a good word of him and I can assure you he is greatly missed. You’ son’s grave, a few yards from where he fell, is marked by two crosses, one made by his chums, the other supplied by the battalion. Please convey my deepest sympathy to all his relatives”.
Midlothian Advertiser 9th July, 1915.

In memory of 16770 Pte David George Moreland, 6th Btn Cameron Highlanders, who died 19th September 1916 aged 27 years. Remembered with honour Millencourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Son of David and Susan Moreland; husband of Bridget Moreland, of 261, Tarbrax, Cobbinshaw.
Another Tarbrax Cameron Dies of Wounds – Above (Photo) of Pte David Moreland, Tarbrax, of the Cameron Highlanders who has died of wounds received in action. Information has been received by Mrs Moreland that her husband was seriously wounded on September 15th and died on September 18th. A sad coincidence in connection with Pte Moreland’s death is the fact that it was he who was the first to communicate the news of the death of Pte Robert Ramsay, of the same regiment whose photo appeared in our columns three weeks ago. Pte Moreland has two brothers still on active service, one of them is Pte Neil Moreland, HLI the promising young forward of Heart of Midlothian FC who was wounded in action at the beginning of the operations the Gallipoli Peninsula. Before enlisting Pte Moreland was employed as a shale miner at Tarbrax. Of a quiet and retiring disposition, he was held in general respect in the village. Pte Moreland leaves a widow and one of a family, for whom along with his parents who are also resident in the village, general sympathy is felt.
Midlothian Advertiser 6th October, 1916.
Moreland – In loving memory of Pte David Moreland, Cameron Highlanders, who was killed in action in France, on September 19th 1916 – RIP
He marched away so bravely his young head proudly held, his footsteps never faltered, his courage never failed
Then on the field of battle he calmly took his place, and fought and died for Britain, and the honour of his race
Hard, hard it was to give, but he went at the call of One, who gave for him and others, his own beloved son
His warfare o’er his battle fought, his victory won, though dearly bought
His fresh young life we could not save, he slumbers now in a soldier’s grave.
Inserted by his loving wife and widowed mother – 216 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 21st September 1917.

In loving memory of 123243 Pte William Morrison, 18th Btn Canadian Infantry, who died 21st August 1917 aged 32 years. Remembered with honour Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas De Calais, France. Husband of Margaret Morrison, of 1226, Florence Street, London, Ontario. CWGC
Morrison – In loving memory of our dear brother, Pte William Morrison, Canadian Expeditionary Force who died of wounds received in action on August 21st 1917.
Inserted by his loving brother and sister, Mr & Mrs John Morrison, 215 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 23rd August, 1918.

Tarbrax Territorial Killed at the Dardanelles – Information has been received by Mr Arthur Powley, 257 Tarbrax that his son Pte Robert B Powley of the 8th Highland Light Infantry, has been killed in action at the Dardenelles. The 8th HLI to which Pte Powley belonged were attached to the 7th Royal Scots. Pte Powley was killed on the 13th July, and being shot through the head, death was instantaneous. Deceased who was 23 years of age, was employed as a shale miner with the Pumpherston Oil Co, and was called up at the outbreak of the war. He was in training first at Dunoon, then at Portobello, and latterly at Falkirk. The battalion was drafted out to the Dardanelles on 24th May. Pte Powley, who was a coming pedestriaff attended most of the athletic meetings in the district and was a promising footballer, being a member of Tarbrax Violet FC. A staunch Rechabite, he was a member of the “Heatherbell” Tent, and was a general favourite with all those who knew him. The Following is an extract from a comrades letter received by his father;- “Dear Mr Powley, it is with deepest regret I write this short note to inform you of the death of your son Robert. It took place on the 13th July, and was caused by a gunshot wound through the head, death being instantaneous. At the time I was in his company I never saw him show the least sign of nervousness or fear. He died as very good soldier wished to die, doing his bit for king and country. May God comfort Mrs Powley and yourself. Please accept my deepest sympathy”.
Midlothian Advertiser 6th August, 1915.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 11:39 am    Post subject: Tarbrax & Auchengray War Memorial Reply with quote

Here are the names of some of the men from Tarbrax who fell in the Great War.

Blair – In loving memory of 746 Sgt Hugh McGill Blair, Australian Imperial Forces, who was killed in action at Poziers, July 25th, 1916.
He lies beside his comrades, in a hallowed grave unknown,
But his name is written in letters of love, on the hearts he left at home.
Inserted by Mr and Mrs Bryden, 247 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 27th July, 1917.
Blair - In loving memory of Sergeant Hugh McGill Blair, 5th Btn AIF Australian Infantry, killed in action at Poziers July 25th 1916.
Inserted by Mr and Mrs John Bryden, 247 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 26th July 1918.

Tarbrax Soldier Wounded – Information has been received in Tarbrax to the effect that Sapper T N Bonnar, Royal Engineers has been wounded in action in the Dardanelles. The wound, which is of a very serious nature is in the back and was caused by the bursting of a shrapnel shell. Bonnar before enlisting was employed as a shale miner with the Pumpherston oil Coy in No 1 Pit, Tarbrax.
Midlothian Advertiser, 17th September, 1915.
Tarbrax Soldier Dies of Wounds – Intimation has been received that Sapper T R Bonnar, Royal Engineers, who was reported wounded in our issue of two week ago, has since died from his wounds. Bonnar, who belonged to Biggar, has been employed in Tarbrax for the last five years. He was much respected in the village, his cheery nature and genial disposition gaining for him the respect of all who came into contact with him.
Midlothian Advertiser 1st October, 1915.

Tarbrax Cameron Highlander Killed – Information has reached Mrs Brown, Stark’s Buildings, Tarbrax, that her husband, Pte David Brown of the 1st Btn Cameron Highlanders, was killed in action on Sunday 9th May. Pte Brown, who was employed lately in Tarbrax Oil Works, was in the Cameron’s before and secured his discharge some 18months ago. Shortly after the outbreak of the war, however, he re-enlisted in his old regiment, and being a trained man he was immediately drafted to France, where he served as orderly to Captain Bethune. Deceased who was 25 years of age, was a son of Mr & Mrs John Brown, Tarbrax, and was married a little over a year ago. Much sympathy is felt for his widow in her sad bereavement. The following is a copy of a letter received by Mrs Brown from a comrade at the front;- Dear Mrs Brown, I suppose you will heard by this time the sad news of David’s death, but I thought it my duty, as we were chums out here to write and let you know the particulars. It was on Sunday 9th May that it happened. We were in the third line reinforcements in the morning to the regiments that were to make the actual attack, but they did not succeed, and no wonder, as the Germans had their trench fairly covered with machine guns. It was just simply a living hell. They asked us and the Black Watch to try it in the afternoon, but only with a like result. Of the two platoons in our Company, only a handful are left. We only got halfway across and the few of us that were left had to lie there and pretend death till it was dark, and then crawl back into our own line. I never wish to go through that again. I was servant to Captain Bethune and Davie was his orderly, so were always together. The Captain got his leg fractured by a bullet, but will perhaps write to you from hospital. Some of those left who were in the attack said it was the finest thing they had ever seen. Please accept my sincere sympathy. David died a hero as many another did that day.
Midlothian Advertiser, 4th June 1915.
Tarbrax Soldier Killed – Pte David Brown (Photo) of the 1st Btn Cameron Highlanders, who resided at Stark’s Buildings Tarbrax, was killed in action in France on the 9th May. A sketch of his career appeared in last week’s issue.
Midlothian Advertiser 11th June, 1915.
Private David Brown killed in action in 1915, 1st Cameron Highlanders, killed in action in France on 9th May 1915.
There is a grave, somewhere in France
That our eyes would like to see
Where lies our dear son sleeping
Who died to keep us free.
Inserted by his father and mother, Tarbrax
BROWN – In loving memory of our dear son Pte David Brown 1st Cameron Highlanders, killed in action in France may 9th 1915
There is a grave in France that our eyes would like to see,
Where lies our dear son sleeping, who died to keep us free
We little thought when he left home, his voice we’d ne’er recall
Sad was the morn that brought the news of his untimely fall.
Inserted by his sorrowing Father and Mother 201 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 12th May 1916
Brown – In loving memory of our dear son, Pte David Brown, 1st Cameron Highlanders, who was killed in action in France May 9th 1915.
There is a grave in France that our eyes would like to see,
Where lies our dear son sleeping, who died to keep us free
Inserted by his father and mother 201 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 11th May 1917
Brown – In loving memory of our dear son David Brown, 1st Cameron Highlanders killed in action in France on May 9th, 1915.
There is a grave across the sea, which I do long to see, Where lies my kiltie laddie, the one sae dear to me,
And although nae mair I’ll see him, I seem to hear him say, Keep up your heart, dear mother, we’ll meet again someday,
I did not clasp your hand dear Dave, your face I did not see, I was not there to say goodbye but I will remember thee .
Inserted by his sorrowing father and mother and sister Kate, 201 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 10th May 1918.

In loving memory of 7873 Pte John Brown, 8th Btn Highland Light Infantry attached 8th Btn Royal Scots who died 19th May 1915 aged 19 years. Son of Alexander & Margaret Brown, 197 Cobbinshaw, West Calder a native of East Calder. Remembered with Honour Bethune Town Cememtery. Brother of Thomas below. CWGC
Tarbrax Royal Scot Dies of Wounds – Mr Alex Brown, 251 Tarbrax, has received official information that his son, Pte John Brown, 8th Btn Royal Scots, of whom we give a photo, has died of wounds received in the recent heavy fighting in Flanders. Pte Brown, who was only 18 years of age, enlisted on the 15th October, and was drafted to France on 7th January, where he was wounded. The wounds were of so serious a nature that he died the following day. Before enlisting deceased was employed as a miner with the Pumpherston Oil Co at Tarbrax. This makes the 7th Tarbrax soldier killed since the outbreak of war.
Midlothian Advertiser 18th June, 1915

In loving memory of 14675 Pte Thomas Brown, 12th Btn Royal Scots who died 2nd November 1916 aged 23. Remembered with honour Ypres, Menin Gate, Memorial. Son of Margaret Brown, 197 Tarbrax.
Tarbrax Royal Scot dies from wounds – intimation has been received by Mr Alexander Brown, 252 Tarbrax that his son, Pte Thomas Brown, 12th Royal Scots has died of wounds received in action. Pte Brown who is 23 years of age, was last heard of in the heavy engagements at the Battle of Loos and was later reported missing. Although information was received he was generally believed to have been taken as a prisoner of war about September 25th, and official confirmation has now been received from the War Office that he died from wounds on the 2nd of November. Pte Brown enlisted in August 1914, and after being in training at Aldershot was drafted to France in June of last year. This is the second son Mr Alex Brown has given for his country, a brother of deceased, Pte John Brown being killed in action in May of last year. Of a quiet disposition Pte Brown was a general favourite with the younger lads of the village and much sympathy is felt for the parents in their double bereavement.
Midlothian Advertiser 10th March, 1916.

In memory of 16640 Pte George Bryce, 2nd Btn Cameron Highlanders who died 25th May 1915 aged 22. Remembered with honour Le Touquet-Paris Plage Communal Cemetery. Son of Mr John Bryce 220 Cobbinshaw, West Lothian
Tarbrax Soldier Wounded – Intimation has been received by Mr John Bryce, 220 Tarbrax, that his son Pte George Bryce of the Cameron Highlanders has been wounded in action on 14th May. Pte Bryce who in civil life was employed as a miner with the Pumpherston Oil Co at Tarbrax, only enlisted in January, and probably would not have been at the front for a time yet, but he volunteered for service from the 3rd Reserve to the 2nd. He had only been in France some three weeks and it is hoped he will have a very speedy recovery.
Midlothian Advertiser 21st May, 1915.
Tarbrax Soldier Dies of Wounds – We regret to announce the death from wounds of Pte George Bryce of the Cameron Highlanders, of who we give a photo. It will be recalled that Pte Bryce was reported wounded in our issue of a fortnight ago. A piece of shell penetrated the lung, and although Pte Bryce lingered for about ten days his condition was so weak he was unable to stand an operation to have the piece of shrapnel removed. Deceased who was only 21 years of age, was a general favourite in the village. Of a kindly disposition he had a cheery word for all, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. General sympathy is felt for his parents Mr & Mrs John Bryce, Tarbrax, in their sad bereavement.
Midlothian Advertiser 4th June, 1915.
Bryce - In loving memory of our dear son, Pte George Bryce, 2nd Cameron Highlanders who died of wounds received in action in France on May 25th 1915.
His warfare’s o’er, his battles fought, His victory won, though dearly bought
His fresh young life could not be saved; he slumbers now in a soldier’s grave.
Inserted by his Father & mother and family, 220 Tarbrax.
Midlothian Advertiser 19th May 1916.

Sgt James Caldwell, DCM – Killed in Action at Persian Gulf – Sgt Caldwell who was 21 years of age, was the son of Mr James Caldwell, Late mining manager, Tarbrax. He was educated at Tarbrax School and the high School, Edinburgh. He enlisted at the outbreak of war in the Highland Light Infantry ad very soon rose to the position of Sgt, in which capacity he was for a time solely employed drilling recruits. This, however, did not satisfy his ardent spirit and relinquishing his Sergeantship he went to France in the month of June 1915. From there he was drafted to Mesopotamia in December of the same ear. While with the relief force for Kut he was wounded in April 1916. He was specially mentioned in general Sir Percy Lake’s despatch of 12th August, 1916 for conspicuous gallantry and ability in operations having constantly rallied his men in successive positions which had been taken up under heavy fire, thereby stemming the enemy’s advance. He continued his fine work until incapacitated by his wounds. For this he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct medal. Sgt Caldwell before enlisting was in the employment of the British Electric Plant Co, Ltd, Alloa. By his death in action a promising young life has been cut short and sympathy will be felt for the family circle in their sad bereavement.
Midlothian Advertiser 9th February, 1917.

Tarbrax Soldier dies of Wounds - Intimation has been received by Mr Connelly, 261 Tarbrax that his son Patrick of the Cameron Highlanders, had died from wounds received in action in France. Pte Connelly, who was in the army before but secured his discharge, answered the call on the outbreak of the present war, and after being in training for some time he was drafted to France in May. He was wounded in action on September 15th and died in hospital in France on September 30th. Connelly, who was 24 years of age, was a promising footballer, and played for Tarbrax Violet. In civil life he was a shale miner, and was employed with the Pumpherston Oil Coy, Tarbrax. Of a quiet and retiring disposition he was much respected by all who knew him, and the sympathy of the villagers goes out to his relatives in their sad bereavement.
Midlothian Advertiser 15th October, 1915

Tarbrax Soldier Killed at the Dardanelles – (Photo) Pte Thomas Hughes, Tarbrax, who has been killed at
The Dardanelles.
Midlothian Advertiser, December, 1915

Tarbrax Soldier Wounded – News has been received by his sister that Pte James Lockerbie, of the 2nd Btn Cameron Highlanders, belonging to Tarbrax, has been wounded in action on Mary 14th. The wounds, which were caused by bursting of shrapnel, are in the left arm and leg. Later information sent by Pte Lockerbie states they are not of a serious nature and that he expects to be discharged from hospital at an early date.
Midlothian Advertiser 28th May, 1915.
Tarbrax Cameron Killed in Action – Intimation has been received by Miss Agnes Lockerbie, Tarbrax that her brother L/Cpl James Lockerbie, 1st Cameron Highlanders was killed in action on 23rd July by a gunshot wound in the head. L/Cpl Lockerbie who was only 23 years of age enlisted shortly after war was declared and after being in training at Invergordon for some time was drafted out to France. He was only some two months out when he received serious wounds in the arm and leg and was returned to England with a hospital draft. After recovery he was again drafted out in October of last year and has come through most of the heavy engagements. Deceased’s father is also serving with the Forces in France with the Royal Scots and met his son about three weeks before his death. Above we give a photo of L/Cpl Lockerbie in the regalia of the Loyal order of Ancient Shepherds. He was a member of the William Fraser Lodge Tarbrax, in the workings of which he took a keen interest, having held various officers in the Lodge. The sympathy of the whole village goes out to his sister in sad bereavement.
Midlothian Advertiser 11th August, 1916.

Tarbrax Gordon Highlander killed – another Tarbrax soldier has answered the roll call in the person of Pte Alex McInnes of the 2nd Btn Gordon Highlanders. Pte McInnes, who was 29 years of age is a son of Mr John McInnes, 51 Tarbrax. He was lately employed as a coal miner with the Pumpherston Oil Coy at Woolfords. On the outbreak of the war he promptly enlisted, and joined his regiment at Aberdeen, where he put in his training, being drafted to France on 24th January, and coming through most of the heavy fighting till 25th June, when he was killed. The following are extracts from two different letters received by his father from his commanding Officer;-
“Dear Sir, I am very sorry to have to write and inform you that your son Alex McInnes of the machine Gun Section which I commanded and of which he was a unit, was killed in action on 25th June. You will, however, be comforted to know that h died doing his duty and doing it well and bravely, and no man could have a more glorious death. Again, assuring you of my deepest sympathy and that of his comrades” – the following is an extract of a later note from the same Officer:- “Dear Sir, I am afraid I have not much to add to my previous letter. The particular section to which McInnes belonged had to be placed in a rather dangerous position, and the gun was knocked over by a trench mortar, which buried the gun and two of the team, including your son who was killed at once. I was very sorry to lose your son,, as I knew him before he left Aberdeen, and he turned out to be a very good soldier and a reliable machine gunner. All his chums had a good word of him and I can assure you he is greatly missed. You’ son’s grave, a few yards from where he fell, is marked by two crosses, one made by his chums, the other supplied by the battalion. Please convey my deepest sympathy to all his relatives”.
Midlothian Advertiser 9th July, 1915.

In memory of 16770 Pte David George Moreland, 6th Btn Cameron Highlanders, who died 19th September 1916 aged 27 years. Remembered with honour Millencourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Son of David and Susan Moreland; husband of Bridget Moreland, of 261, Tarbrax, Cobbinshaw.
Another Tarbrax Cameron Dies of Wounds – Above (Photo) of Pte David Moreland, Tarbrax, of the Cameron Highlanders who has died of wounds received in action. Information has been received by Mrs Moreland that her husband was seriously wounded on September 15th and died on September 18th. A sad coincidence in connection with Pte Moreland’s death is the fact that it was he who was the first to communicate the news of the death of Pte Robert Ramsay, of the same regiment whose photo appeared in our columns three weeks ago. Pte Moreland has two brothers still on active service, one of them is Pte Neil Moreland, HLI the promising young forward of Heart of Midlothian FC who was wounded in action at the beginning of the operations the Gallipoli Peninsula. Before enlisting Pte Moreland was employed as a shale miner at Tarbrax. Of a quiet and retiring disposition, he was held in general respect in the village. Pte Moreland leaves a widow and one of a family, for whom along with his parents who are also resident in the village, general sympathy is felt.
Midlothian Advertiser 6th October, 1916.
Moreland – In loving memory of Pte David Moreland, Cameron Highlanders, who was killed in action in France, on September 19th 1916 – RIP
He marched away so bravely his young head proudly held, his footsteps never faltered, his courage never failed
Then on the field of battle he calmly took his place, and fought and died for Britain, and the honour of his race
Hard, hard it was to give, but he went at the call of One, who gave for him and others, his own beloved son
His warfare o’er his battle fought, his victory won, though dearly bought
His fresh young life we could not save, he slumbers now in a soldier’s grave.
Inserted by his loving wife and widowed mother – 216 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 21st September 1917.

In loving memory of 123243 Pte William Morrison, 18th Btn Canadian Infantry, who died 21st August 1917 aged 32 years. Remembered with honour Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas De Calais, France. Husband of Margaret Morrison, of 1226, Florence Street, London, Ontario. CWGC
Morrison – In loving memory of our dear brother, Pte William Morrison, Canadian Expeditionary Force who died of wounds received in action on August 21st 1917.
Inserted by his loving brother and sister, Mr & Mrs John Morrison, 215 Tarbrax
Midlothian Advertiser 23rd August, 1918.

Tarbrax Territorial Killed at the Dardanelles – Information has been received by Mr Arthur Powley, 257 Tarbrax that his son Pte Robert B Powley of the 8th Highland Light Infantry, has been killed in action at the Dardenelles. The 8th HLI to which Pte Powley belonged were attached to the 7th Royal Scots. Pte Powley was killed on the 13th July, and being shot through the head, death was instantaneous. Deceased who was 23 years of age, was employed as a shale miner with the Pumpherston Oil Co, and was called up at the outbreak of the war. He was in training first at Dunoon, then at Portobello, and latterly at Falkirk. The battalion was drafted out to the Dardanelles on 24th May. Pte Powley, who was a coming pedestriaff attended most of the athletic meetings in the district and was a promising footballer, being a member of Tarbrax Violet FC. A staunch Rechabite, he was a member of the “Heatherbell” Tent, and was a general favourite with all those who knew him. The Following is an extract from a comrades letter received by his father;- “Dear Mr Powley, it is with deepest regret I write this short note to inform you of the death of your son Robert. It took place on the 13th July, and was caused by a gunshot wound through the head, death being instantaneous. At the time I was in his company I never saw him show the least sign of nervousness or fear. He died as very good soldier wished to die, doing his bit for king and country. May God comfort Mrs Powley and yourself. Please accept my deepest sympathy”.
Midlothian Advertiser 6th August, 1915.

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Here are some articles about other soldiers from the above district.

Tarbrax Heavy List of Casualties – Intimation has been received by Mrs Alex Black, that her son William has also been wounded and is now in hospital in Manchester. He enlisted in the Royal Scots at the outbreak of the war, and was drafted to France in April. Previous to enlisting he was employed by the Pumpherston Oil Coy at Tarbrax.
Midlothian Advertiser 8th October, 1915.

Tarbrax Heavy List of Casualties – Pte Barclay Dignan, residing with his parents at 223 Tarbrax, and belonging to the 7th Btn KOSB is also reported wounded and lying in hospital in Manchester. Dignan who is only 21 years of age, enlisted in September of last year and was drafted out to France in June. Previous to enlisting he was employed by the Pumpherston Oil Coy at Tarbrax.
Midlothian Advertiser 8th October, 1915.

Royal Scot Wounded – Information has been received by Mrs Henderson, Tarbrax, that her son, Pte John Henderson, 15th Btn Royal Scots, has been wounded in action in France. Pte Henderson who was formerly employed as a shale miner in No 4 Pit, Tarbrax enlisted in May 1915 and was in training until January of the following year, when he was drafted to France. The wound, which is of a rather serious nature is a penetrating chest wound, but the RAMC officer who communicated the news to Pte Henderson’s mother assured her that he would soon be convalescent again.
Midlothian Advertiser 30th June 1916.

Tarbrax Heavy List of Casualties – Pte John Hughes, of the 7th KOSB, who resided with his parents at 27 Tarbrax, has officially been reported wounded. He enlisted in September 1911 and was drafted out for active service in July. This is the second casualty in this family, a younger brother Thomas Hughes, being killed in Gallipoli on 6th June. Previous to enlisting he was employed by the Pumpherston Oil Coy at Tarbrax.
Midlothian Advertiser 8th October, 1915.

Tarbrax Soldier Wounded – Information has been received that Pte Neil Jackson, Tarbrax, had been wounded in action in France.
Midlothian Advertiser 4th June 1915.

Tarbrax Heavy List of Casualties – Intimation has been received by Mrs David Jamieson, Tarbrax, that her son David of the 12th HLI has been wounded in action. He was attached to a machine gun section, and was drafted to France in April.
Previous to enlisting he was employed by the Pumpherston Oil Coy at Tarbrax.
Midlothian Advertiser 8th October, 1915.

First Military Honour for Tarbrax – intimation has been received in Tarbrax that Sapper James G Millar, Royal Engineers has been decorated with the Military Medal in the field for bravery in action. Sapper Millar, of whom we give a (photo) was employed as an electrician with the Pumpherston Oil Coy at Tarbrax but on the outbreak of the war enlisted in the Royal Engineers, and was drafted to France in August, 1915. This is the first military honour to be awarded to a Tarbrax man. Sapper Millar is the son of Mr Thomas J Millar, assistant mining manager, Tarbrax and resided with his parents there.
Midlothian Advertiser 6th October, 1916.
Local Military Medalist on Leave – Sapper James G Miller of the Royal Engineers who was some time ago awarded the Military Medal is at present home on leave, Sapper Miller is the son of Mr Thomas J Miller, assistant mining manager was employed as electrician in Tarbrax Works before enlisting at the outbreak of the war, received his decoration for repairing and re-establishing telephonic communication which had been damaged by shellfire. Sapper Miller bears the honour of being the first of the large number of men who enlisted from the village to receive military honours.
Midlothian Advertiser 19th January, 1917

Tarbrax Territorial Wounded at Dardanelles – Information has been received by Mr David Moreland, 216 Tarbrax, that his son Pte Neil Moreland of the 8th Highland Light Infantry, (Territorials) has been wounded in the recent heavy engagements at the Dardanelles. The 8th HLI had been attached to the Royal scots, whose casualty list has lately been so heavy, and Pte Moreland was wounded in the left arm on 28th June. Football enthusiasts will recall that Pte Moreland as signed on by Heart of Midlothian two seasons ago, his career being followed with keen interest by all, as on each occasion on which he played for Hearts he gave an excellent account of himself on the field.
Midlothian Advertiser 16th July 1915.

Tarbrax Heavy List of Casualties – Cpl William Moreland, who resided with his parents at 216 Tarbrax, and who was a reserve man called up on the outbreak of the war, has been reported wounded through the head. He belongs to the Scots Guards and this is the second occasion on which he has been wounded in the present war. He is a brother of Neil Moreland, the Heart of Midlothian forward, who was reported wounded in the Dardanelles some time ago. Previous to enlisting he was employed by the Pumpherston Oil Coy at Tarbrax.
Midlothian Advertiser 8th October, 1915.

Tarbrax Heavy List of Casualties - Pte William Pratis of the 13th Btn Royal Scots is also reported wounded, the injuries being in the left hand, and is at present lying in Versailles Military Hospital, France. He enlisted in September 1914, and after putting in a course of training was drafted to France in July. Previous to enlisting he was employed by the Pumpherston Oil Coy at Tarbrax.
Tarbrax Soldier Wounded – Pte William Pratis, late of Broxburn, 13th Royal Scots, son of Mrs George Marshall, 172 New Rows, Tarbrax has sent a postcard stating that he was wounded on 17th September, and is being sent down to a base hospital
Midlothian Advertiser 8th October, 1915

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