7th Battn Royal Scots - Quintinshill Railway Accident
Rosebank Cemetery,Between Leith Walk And Ferry Rd,Leith,City Of Edinburgh,Lothian,EH6,Scotland
OS Grid Ref.: NT 261 756
Celtic Cross in red Peterhead granite modelled on St Martin's Cross on Iona. It is backed by a high stone wall into which are set 10 bronze plaques bearing the names of the soldiers who died in the accident. The names are in two sections separated by the cross, each section having a Celtic Cross with a crown, a regimental badge and a vertical inscription at each end.
Shaft of Cross: TO/ THOSE WHO GAVE/ THEIR/ LIVES/ FOR THEIR/ COUNTRY Plaque on base of Cross: IN MEMORY OF OFFICERS, NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND MEN, 7TH BATTALION, THE ROYAL SCOTS, LEITH TERRITORIAL BATTALION, WHO MET THEIR DEATH AT GRETNA ON MAY 22 1915 IN A TERRIBLE RAILWAY DISASTER ON THEIR WAY TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY. THIS MEMORIAL, AND A BED IN LEITH HOSPITAL, ARE DEDICATED BY MOURNING COMRADES AND FRIENDS./ YEA THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH I WILL FEAR NO EVIL FOR THOU ART WITH ME. Crosses on wall:(left hand) THE DAY/ OF THE/LORD/SO/ COMETH; GO/ IS OUR/ REFUGE/ AND STRENGTH (right hand) GREATER/LOVE/HATH/ NO MAN/ THAN THIS; I AM/ THE RESURRECTION/ AND THE/ LIFE Plaques on wall: (names)
Subject / Period
First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 214
Served and returned: 0
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,rank,regiment
Order of information: regiment,rank,surname
Materials: Granite - Peterhead
Plaques / Panels with names
Date: 16 May 1916
Attended by: Earl of Rosebery KG PC
Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: More than £4000 was collected for the memorial fund. Once the cost of the memorial was paid for payments were also made to dependent relatives, a bed was endowed at Leith Hospital and contributions sent to hospitals in Carlisle.
Trust fund / scholarship
Purpose: A bed was endowed at Leith Hospital.
Details: Unknown or N/A
J A B Hamilton: 'Britain's Greatest rail Disaster: The Quintinshill Blaze of 1915'.pp.74,76,93. J Thomas : 'Gretna: Britain's Worst Railway Disaster (1915)pub. David & Charles (1969) pp.67, 135-6.
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