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quintinshill rail disaster



Note 2.–

As a result of the Haldane Reforms of 1908 the Territorial Force (TF) was created

from the old Volunteer andYeomanry units. This led to five Royal Scots Territorial

Battalions,the 4th,5th,6th,7th and 9th (Highlanders) Battalions being based in and

recruiting fromdifferent areas,and often different trades and similar groupings,across

Edinburgh and Leith. The 7th Battalion, with their Drill Hall in Dalmeny Street,

just within the then Burgh of Leith, drew nearly all its recruits from that Burgh,

Portobello and, a sizeable number, concentrated in A Company, from neighbouring

Musselburgh. This very local recruiting had not altered much by 1915 although the

Battalion had been reinforced to War establishment for deployment overseas by a

Company from 8th Battalion The Highland Light Infantry, drawn mostly from the

Lanark area,two of whom died in the crash.Within the Battalion nominal roll of those

involved in the crash are listed a few men from the Lothians and from Fife and one,

Pte John Fyfe,who was killed,from Lima,NewYork,USA.

Lt Col Peebles listing the 62 survivors after the crash