Haddington Rugby Football Club
The team of 1912/13
Founded just before the Great War, the grand opening of the club was cancelled due to the death of the King.
Many of the club, including the Captain Francis Burnet, were also soldiers in A,B Companies of the 8th TF Royal Scots and were on a parade to mark the passing of the King.
One of the mainstays of the club was a man called 'Dod' (George) Nisbet who was a Sgt in the Signalling section, and it would seem he could wangle the time away for men playing.
Lt Francis Alexander Burnet was wounded on 11th April,1918 fighting a desperate rear guard action against the Germans near Paradis.
He had to be left behind as the stretcher bearers could not get to him due to the overwhelming German advance.
He was never found and is presumed to have died that day from his wounds.
He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.
Of the others in the photo, Walter William Henry Romanel served as an Lt with the 8th Royal Scots in the last year of the war. He survived the war.
Pte 1112 Alexander Paxton went to France on 5th November,1914, with 8th Royal Scots,one of the originals. He appears to have served until at least 1917 when he was invalided home. He survived the war.