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quintinshill rail disaster

On Sunday 23 May,

107 coffins were taken back to Edinburgh and were placed in

the Battalion’s Drill Hall in Dalmeny Street,off LeithWalk.

On the afternoon of Monday 24 May,

101 of these were taken in procession for burial

in a mass grave that had been dug in Rosebank Cemetery,Pilrig Street,about a mile

from the Drill Hall.

The route was lined by



thousands of citizens stood shoulder

to shoulder on the pavement; shops were

closed, blinds drawn and the traffic


By comparison,the total figure on parade for Her Majesty’s Birthday Parade

in London in 2014 was given as 1,000,including street liners.