United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

7th Battn Royal Scots - Quintinshill Railway Accident

Our Ref: 53610

Address

Rosebank Cemetery
Between Leith Walk and Ferry Rd
Leith
LOTHIAN
Scotland
EH6
 
Type:Cross
Other Location Details:

In a corner of the cemetery almost on the border of Edinburgh and Leith.

OS Map Ref:NT 261 756

Inscription

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)

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
CROSSGRANITE - PETERHEAD   Good
WallStone   Good
PLAQUES/PANELS WITH NAMESBRONZE   Unknown

Physical Description

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

WarFirst World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial:214
Served & Returned0
Died214
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

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read?No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

Edinburgh Corporation

Maintenance History:

Ceremonies

Date:16 May 1916
RolePerformed By
UnveiledEarl of Rosebery KG PC

Sponsorships

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.

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
George SimpsonDesigner

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

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.

Comments: 
Photographs:7
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:O
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Publications:2