The men and women from Midlothian who went off to war came from all kinds of backgrounds. In the ranks of the Royal Scots could be found a Dentist, a Groom, a Ploughman, a Papermill Worker, a Bank Clerk, a Colliery Checkweigher, a Quarryman and a Gardener.

Alumni from The University of Edinburgh included an Advocate, a Teacher, a Chartered Accountant and a French Master, while, in order to enlist, many students interrupted their pursuit of a degree, particularly in medicine.

Elsie Inglis, another a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, formed the Scottish Women’s Hospital and established 14 hospitals on various fighting fronts.

On the home front men and women such as Alexander Sim did their bit for the war. He founded the Scottish Veterans' Garden City Association under the chairmanship of Lord Salvesen. Sim was a Tailor and Clothier with a shop on Lothian Road, Edinburgh, and property in Braemar and, along with a group of professional people, mainly from Midlothian, paid for the construction of houses for the use of wounded sailors and soldiers.

Celebrities such as Harry Lauder, the entertainer, raised money. Lauder travelled widely and raised hundreds of thousands of pounds at home and in the United States of America and, despite the loss of his only son, he toured the Western Front entertaining the troops.

 Local People


  Horatio Bottomley

  International People

  - Chief Clear Sky

  Local People

   - George W Browne

   - Alexander Christison

   - James Ferrigan

   - Francis Lewis Grant

   - Harry Lauder

   - John Lorne MacLeod

   - George McCrae

   - Alexander Sim

   - Victoria Cross

   - William Wishart


   - Scottish Women’s Aid

   - WRAF

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Cadets of Moredun House, Fettes College. Donald Mackintosh, 2nd from left, 3rd row from front, won the VC.

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