7th Battn Royal Scots - Quintinshill Railway Accident
|Other Location Details:|
In a corner of the cemetery almost on the border of Edinburgh and Leith.
|OS Map Ref:||NT 261 756|
Shaft of Cross: TO/ THOSE WHO GAVE/ THEIR/ LIVES/ FOR THEIR/ COUNTRY
Plaque on base of Cross: IN MEMORY OF OFFICERS, NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN, 7TH BATTALION, THE ROYAL SCOTS, LEITH TERRITORIAL BATTALION, WHO MET THEIR DEATH AT GRETNA ON MAY 22 1915 IN A TERRIBLE RAILWAY DISASTER ON THEIR WAY TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY. THIS MEMORIAL, AND A BED IN LEITH HOSPITAL, ARE DEDICATED BY MOURNING COMRADES AND FRIENDS./ YEA THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH I WILL FEAR NO EVIL FOR THOU ART WITH ME.
Crosses on wall:(left hand) THE DAY/ OF THE/LORD/SO/ COMETH; GO/ IS OUR/ REFUGE/ AND STRENGTH
(right hand) GREATER/LOVE/HATH/ NO MAN/ THAN THIS;
I AM/ THE RESURRECTION/ AND THE/ LIFE
Plaques on wall: (names)
|CROSS||GRANITE - PETERHEAD|| || || ||Good|
|Wall||Stone|| || || ||Good|
|PLAQUES/PANELS WITH NAMES||BRONZE|| || || ||Unknown|
Celtic Cross in red Peterhead granite modelled on St Martin's Cross on Iona. It is backed by a high stone wall into which are set 10 bronze plaques bearing the names of the soldiers who died in the accident. The names are in two sections separated by the cross, each section having a Celtic Cross with a crown, a regimental badge and a vertical inscription at each end.
Wars Commemorated & People Remembered
|War||First World War (1914-1918)|
|Total names on memorial:||214|
|Served & Returned||0|
|Is this an exact count?||Yes, an exact count|
|How are the names ordered?||regiment > rank > surname|
|What information is listed on the memorial?|| surname, rank, regiment|
|Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?||Yes|
|Are the letters difficult to read?||No|
|Who is responsible for the memorial?|
|Unveiled||Earl of Rosebery KG PC|
|Sponsorship Type:|| Corporate, Public|
|Did this include a trust or scholarship?||Yes|
|If so, for what purpose?|
A bed was endowed at Leith Hospital.
|Did this include a roll of honour?||NOT APPLICABLE|
|Cost of Site:||Not known|
|Cost of Memorial:||Not known|
|Comments on Costs:|
More than £4000 was collected for the memorial fund. Once the cost of the memorial was paid for payments were also made to dependent relatives, a bed was endowed at Leith Hospital and contributions sent to hospitals in Carlisle.
| George Simpson||Designer|
J A B Hamilton: 'Britain's Greatest rail Disaster: The Quintinshill Blaze of 1915'.pp.74,76,93. J Thomas : 'Gretna: Britain's Worst Railway Disaster (1915)pub. David & Charles (1969) pp.67, 135-6.
|Form / Letter:||O|
|Drawings / Plans:||No|