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quintinshill rail disaster




Very soon after the crash it was decided to raise a Memorial, paid for by

public subscription,alongside the communal grave in Rosebank Cemetery.

The Memorial, unveiled by the Earl of Rosebery,Honorary Colonel of the

Battalion, on12May1916,takes the formof aCeltic cross,standing15ft 6ins,


to the front and shields, bearing the Regimental Badge and Leith Burgh

Coat-of-Arms, one on each side.

On either side to the rear, against the Cemetery wall, are tablets

each with five bronze plaques. On these plaques are the names of 214

who died in, or immediately after the disaster, arranged by rank, and in

alphabetical order.These include the name of Sgt James Anderson, who

died in September 1917 having never recovered from his injuries, and was

added later. For some unknown reason the name of

Pte George Garrie


missed out on the plaques, although he appeared on all the lists, including

those of the plaques, published later. His name, together with that of

Pte William S Paterson,

who was also missed out, is to be added on a

separate plaque during the 2015 Commemoration, bringing the final

official total of 1/7RS killed in, or as a direct result of the crash, to 216.

Although funded by public subscription, the Memorial has been adopted

byThe Commonwealth War Graves Commission who maintain it, and the

grave area, superbly.

Every year, on the Saturday closest to

22 May, the Regimental Association,

supported by local organisations, hold

a Memorial service and wreath laying

at the Memorial. Additionally, in 2015,

under the leadership of The Leith

Trust, schoolchildren are planting


‘7th Battalion Copse’

of 216 trees,

one for each of those who died, within

the Woodland Trust’s Dreghorn Wood

World War I Centenary Project in the

Pentland Country Park. It is planned

that the copse will be high enough up

the hill to be seen from Leith.