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In support of the war effort, people raised considerable public funds.

In 1914, the Germans were criticised for breaking treaties and accused of building up to war for months. With the outbreak of war, the people of Midlothian responded enthusiastically to the 'To Arms!' call by one of Edinburgh’s most famous sons, Arthur Conan Doyle. While thousands of men and many women went off to serve on the Fighting Fronts, the Home Front saw individuals step forward whose humanity, philanthropy or public standing was so considerable that, in support of the war effort, they raised considerable public funds, services and morale.

There were examples all over Midlothian

Bonnyrigg saw 'a couple of dozen' local territorials assemble in the public hall before marching to Dalkeith.

Gorebridge had 'a very large number' from Arniston join the colours.

Penicuik called upon the government to use every possible means to secure peace and hundreds of reservists gathered at Glencorse. They were seen off from Glencorse Station on 5 August by about 1,200 people. That evening 121 officers and men of the Loanhead and Penicuik Company marched to Edinburgh.

A 'German spy' in Loanhead turned out to be a visiting clergyman.

A public meeting was held in the Cowan Institute, Penicuik, to make arrangements for raising funds locally in aid of the Prince of Wales’ National Relief Fund. A similar public meeting was held in the Public Hall in Roslin and more than 300 men joined the National Reserve in the Penicuik area.

© Alistair McEwen