Newbattle at War a history of the Parish at war   

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John Duncan

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Reply Mark Chapman
1:34 PM on July 13, 2022 
Does anyone have information on how the Newtongrange families of Lithuanian men ('Russian Poles') who returned to Russia to fight during the First World War were treated by the authorities, the Lothian Coal Company and the miners' union? For example, did any receive threats of eviction and were most of them deported after the war? I'm struggling to find much local information. Most of what I can find concerns the fate of the Lithuanian communities in Lanarkshire and Ayrshire where they faced destitution, despite support and sympathy from the local parishes, miners' union and Scottish Board of Health.
Reply Gavin Jones
6:22 AM on January 23, 2017 
Does anyone have any information / background on my Grandfather - Lt AD Jones - who was the Adjutant between Nov 1916 and April 1918 when he was wounded and taken prisoner on the 11th/12th before being released in 1919 embarking at Leith. He was captured with the CO at the time when the HQ was over-run. Any help much appreciated.
Reply David Hill
4:13 PM on September 18, 2014 
Do you have any information on A.Johnstone D.C.M. 1/8th Royal Scots .
Davie hill
Reply Jim Cairns
3:08 PM on May 8, 2013 
That's great I have a lot of information on the Peacocks from the square but I don't have a photograph of Dick. If you could send me a copy of this photograph that would be great. I have to say your website is absolute brilliant and very informative.
Reply Steve CLARKE
5:43 AM on December 31, 2012 
With a touch of irony, I recently read the "Cheerful Sacrifice" by Jonathan Nicholls about the Battle Of Arras 1917 of which Fampoux, Roeux were a part. Whilst I knew a bit about it prior to this book, I must admit my anger rose more & more as I read the book as I realised the monumental sacrifice worse than the Somme debacle that had occurred there. The undeniable & absolute bravery that had been shown by the Allied troops there had me searching further & by sheer accident, I came upon a sold version of the "Murder On The Hill" DVD of which I could not get now. Further searching brought your site into focus but when I went in to try to buy this DVD as well as the other one "A Soldier's Return" on your site, it wouldn't let me buy them on PAYPAL with an Australian address. Is there an alternative way for me to get these please DVD's? I am a dinkum (Aussie for "REAL") buyer and am quite happy to pay the 10GBP for the DVD's & added mailing fees to Australia. I might add I am aware that you have a different DVD Region to me but I have multi-regional DVD' s as I buy many from Great Britain & Europe on E-Bay. Just seeing these shorts has just whetted my appetite, melodious singing notwithstanding amongst the battle sounds.
Reply geraldine
11:21 AM on May 26, 2011 
Hi John,
I was given your details from a lady called Gitana Demenskaja who commented on my recent post on facebook under the Scottish Lithuanian club. My great uncle from Lithuania fought and died with the 1st/4th Battalion Royals Scots Fusiliers in the second battle of the somme. He has not been mentioned on any memorial. My irish uncle who also died in the first battle of the somme has been mentioned on the local memorial. I spoke to the local MSP on remembrance day and soon after but he has ignored me. I would love to put this right. We come from the North Lanarkshire area. Our family come from Glenboig. Thanks in advance,
Geraldine Wolfe (Father's Lithuanian surname: Vilkas)