Soldiers in hospital blues. West Lothian Local History Library.
'doing their bit'

In this section, we look at some of the individuals who 'did their bit' in the war in very different ways – even to the extent of opposing the war. They include many women who served in a variety of fields to keep the country going when most of its young men were away in the forces.

Here you can find out more about:

  • Emily Ann Austin Borrowman, of South Queensferry, a postmistress
  • Reverend John Drew of Armadale, minister and soldier
  • Captain Robert Lamb, born at South Queensferry, teacher and soldier
  • Doctor Michie of Whitburn, killed in Russia
  • Captain Atholl Archibald Stuart, of Brighouse, papermaker and soldier
  • Minnie Tennant of Armadale, bus conductress and driver
  • Major Mungle of West Calder, an officer decorated for bravery

And we’ll be adding more people in the months to come:

  • Sarah O’Keefe of Addiewell, WREN
  • Nurse Dean of Whitburn, a VAD nurse
  • Mrs Fairlie of Bathgate & George Blake of Blackburn, fundraisers
  • George Petrie of Broxburn, a conscientious objector

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