On 23 April 1915, the West Lothian Courier reported:
On Saturday morning Mr and Mrs Donaldson, Post Office Row, received the sad information that their son Pte. David Donaldson, Cameron Highlanders, had been killed in action on the 12th of April. The letter came from Sergt. Rose of the same company, stating that while Pte. Donaldson was engaged in outpost duty he was shot, death being instantaneous.
Pte. Donaldson is the first soldier to fall in action from the Fauldhouse district. He was a keen football enthusiast, and played for the local Primrose when that team carried off the East of Scotland Juvenile Cup last year. For that performance Pte Donaldson was the recipient of the cup badge. Along with a few others he enlisted at the first call for men, his comrades still being in the fighting line, though some of them have been home wounded, and have since returned to France.
Also printed in the newspaper was a letter from Sergeant Rose:
He was always of such a cheerful disposition, and on the march he was the life of his section, always trying to make the road seem less hard by playing popular airs on the mouth organ, which he could play so well.
After their older son's death, Mr and Mrs Donaldson moved from Fauldhouse to Edinburgh. David was killed in April 1915 and that same month, the Donaldsons' younger son Robert, a grocer's assistant, enlisted. He was reported missing in May 1918, and was later confirmed as having been killed in action on 28 March. He was 21.
©1914-18: Fauldhouse Remembers Group
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