Dedicated to my late Grandfather Private 64457 John Duncan Royal Army Medical Corps whom I never met, but was my inspiration to make this journey.

Also my Granny's brother Private S/26739 Charlie Gibson 4th Seaforth Highlanders who died of wounds received in action 23rd October, 1918 and to all the other men from the Parish who did their duty for King and Country.


"They gave their bodies to the Commonwealth and received each for his memory praise that will never die, and with it the noblest sepulchre - not the post where their bones are laid, but a place in the minds of men"


This site commemorates the men from the Parish of Newbattle in Midlothian who fought and sadly for many, died in the Great War of 1914 - 1919.Well over a hundred men did not return to their villages of Newtongrange, Newbattle , Easthouses , Lothian Bridge and Eskbank, collectively known as Newbattle Parish. Teachers, Plumbers, Police Officers, Bakers but mainly Miners in their hundreds left their peace time jobs and answered Lord Kitchener's call

 "Your Country Needs You" - This is their story.

War Underground

Miner's secret war

WW1 Roll of Honour

Men of the Parish who fell


Newbattle Parish in WW2

Latest Page

WW2 Childhood in Nitten

Takeover Day

At the Mining Museum

Moorfoot WW1

Moorfoot Primary visit