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EDINBURGH, Leith Roll of Honour, Books (WW1)

 
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Adam Brown
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 11:26 am    Post subject: EDINBURGH, Leith Roll of Honour, Books (WW1) Reply with quote

One of the last acts of the Leith Town Council before it was absorbed into the City of Edinburgh in 1920 was to approve the plans to combine the extension of Leith Hospital (by creating a new children's wing) with Leith's War Memorial.

Leithers had been fundraising for many years to extend the hospital but the combining of the War Memorial fund with the hospital fund was an inspired act. Instead of the 30,000 wanted 60,000 was raised.

Along with the creation of the Hospital / War Memorial rolls of honour to the 2205 Leither's who died in the Great War were also commissioned.

These were placed in the Hospital in 1927 and remained there on public display in 1948.

They were then packed away in the bottom of a tea chest in the Hospital basement and forgotten about.

In the early 1990s boxes and papers from several redundant Edinburgh hospitals were given to the Lothian Health Services Archive to look through for anything of interest.

In one tea chest under old medical equipment and a tatty and incomplete set of the works of Charles Dickens were the 5 volumes of the Leith RoH in very poor condition. They could easily have been thrown away at any time over the previous forty years!

The LHSA have repaired them and are now the custodians of these valuable rolls.

The photographs below were taken in Leith Library but the LHSA have taken elecrtronic copies of the roll which are available to view by appointment.

See http://www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk/contact/acc_serv.html for LHSA contact details


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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The rolls on display







An example of a page. The names are listed in alphabetical order. Each page has a regimental badge at the top.

I couldn't get a clearer picture through the glass cabinet.



Not all details are the same for each entry but where known the name, number, unit, date of death, cause of death and home address are provided

The list of those decorated including Leith's two VCs

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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is first class - I'm really pleased that someone/some organisation choose to save the rolls rather than turn a blind eye.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:52 am    Post subject: Roll of Honour Reply with quote

How many names are listed? Anne
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:54 am    Post subject: Roll of Honour Reply with quote

Just had another look at the text 2200+ names. Anne
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stuff indeed. Beautifully crafted volumes.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leither let me know that the Great war roll of honour is now online.

http://www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk/exhibits/Leith_ROH.htm

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:43 pm    Post subject: John Cogle Reply with quote

John Cogle Pte 4152 4th Australian Engineers Field Coy born Leith 10/06/1886 Age 30 Killed in Action F & F 31-Aug-16 Son of John & Grace (nee Johnston) Cogle. Occ Shipwright.1891 Census: 20 Lapicide Pl; Leith. 1901 Census: 2 Hope Terrace, Leith. Leith Roll of Honour: 72 Madeira St; Leith. Husband of Elsie Elizabeth (nee Colman) Cogle, of 81, Renwick St., Leichhardt, New South Wales. Native of Leith, Scotland. Shetland's Roll of Honour: Page 20: Photo. Pozieres British Cemetery Fr 0832 Plot I Row D Grave 31 Leith & Shetland

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:44 pm    Post subject: Alexander Donaldson Reply with quote

Alexander Donaldson Pte 3638 1st Royal Scots born Aldershot enlisted Edinburgh residence Leith Age 39 Killed in Action F & F 10-Mar-15 Son of Thomas Daniel Donaldson & Isabella Donaldson. 1881 Age B abt 1876. England, Aldershot. South Leith Parish Church: 253 Leith Walk. Leith Roll of Honour: 2 Springfield Bldgs. 1891 Census: Occ Brassfounder. Ypres Reservoir Cemetery B 084 Plot II Row B Grave 19 Leith & Mackie Academy

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:45 pm    Post subject: Robert Wilson Gilbertson Reply with quote

Robert Wilson Gilbertson Gunner 650725 86th Royal Field Artillery C Bty born Edinburgh, Leith enlisted Edinburgh, Leith Age 30 Killed in Action F & F 20-Jun-17 2nd son of James Gilbertson, Newhaven, formerly Whalsay. CWGC: Son of James B. Gilbertson and Helen Linton, his wife, of 9, Main St., Newhaven, Edinburgh. Leith Roll of Honour: 9 Main St; Shetland's Roll of Honour: page 140a. Reninghelst New Military Cemetery B 015 Plot III Row G Grave 5 Leith Shetland & Whalsay
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:46 pm    Post subject: William James Brown Davidson Reply with quote

William James Brown Davidson Pte 2465 5th/6th Royal Scots born Aberdeen enlisted Edinburgh residence Leith Age 20 Died of Wounds F & F 12-Jan-17 Son of Alexander Davidson, Aberdeen. & the late Agnes Brown Davidson. Born Aberdeen. Leith Roll of Honour: 79 Henderson St; Courcelles-Au-Bois Communal Cemetery Extension Fr 0133 Row D Grave 20
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Alexander Gray Ferrier Seaman SS Brantingham Mercantile Marine born Edinburgh 27/05/1897 Age 19 Lost White Sea 04-Oct-16 Son of Robert M Ferrier & Barbara Gray, Leith. CWGC: Son of Robert and Barbara Ferrier, of 66, Brunswick St., Edinburgh. 1901 Census: 56 Brunswick St; Shetland's Roll of Honour: Page 27: Photo. Leith Roll of Honour: 51 Dalmeny St; Tower Hill Memorial, Mercantile Marine Memorial M. R. 39 Leith & Shetland

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:48 pm    Post subject: James Spence Reply with quote

James Spence A/cpl 3/7175 1st Gordon Highlanders born Cruden enlisted Leith Age 22 Killed in Action F & F 20-May-15 Son of Mrs T Spence, 13 Lochrin Terr; Edinburgh. 1901 Census b 1894 : Staying at Chapelhill Shop, Cruden. Shetland's Roll of Honour : page 118 : Photo. Leith Roll of Honour: 3 Bangor Lane. Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres M. R. 29 Panel 38 Cruden West Kirk Leith Lerwick & Shetland
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Robert John Urquhart Sjt 84 7th Royal Scots born Lerwick 10/01/1880 enlisted Leith Age 35 Killed in Action Dandanelles 28-Jun-15 Son of John & Margaret (nee Gauson) Urquhart, late of Sand End, Lerwick. Husband of Isabella Omand. Son of John Urquhart, of Commercial St., Lerwick. Husband of Isabella Omand Sutherland (formerly Urquhart), of 7, Lindsay Rd., Leith, Edinburgh. Shetland's Roll of Honour : page 132 : Photo. Leith Roll of Honour: 24 Sloan St; Helles Memorial, Turkey M. R. 04 Panel 26 to 30 Shetland Times 31/07/1915 Leith Lerwick & Shetland
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