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The 1/7th Royal Scots and the Quintinshill Rail Disaster : 22 May 1915


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. To alleviate difficulties, a set of loops, sidings and signal boxes were constructed, …

30 January 1915: Pte Alexander Whitelaw


He was the son of Alexander Whitelaw (a foreman carpenter with Messrs Currie & Co, of Leith) and Agnes Whitelaw (née Stonehouse)   Alex was educated Couper Street School, Leith. He 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 w…