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The 1/7th Royal Scots and the Quintinshill Rail Disaster


At the time of the First World War, Britain had a large number of railway companies each owning varying amounts of track and junctions. Often the point where companies’ tracks met became bottlenecks. One such junction was on the English-Scottish border at Gretna. In order to alleviate difficulties, a set of loops, sidings and signal boxes were cons…

30 January 1915: Pvt Alexander Whitelaw


Son of Alexander Whitelaw (Foreman Carpenter with Messrs Currie & Co, of Leith, Shop Owners) and Agnes Whitelaw (nee Stonehouse) Educated Couper Street School, Leith. Enlisted 1902 served for three years with the Colours and nine years with the Reserve.  On mobilization he rejoined his Regiment 17 August 1914. Alexander was shot through the …