The coat of arms of the former Royal Burgh of Queensferry
The object of this Blog is to allow the people of South Queensferry and the wider world to become aware of the History of Queensferry before, during and after World War One, and perhaps help people find their lost relatives. This information will build up gradually over time and the content may even change from day to day as it does! (links to other relevant websites are at the bottom of this page)
'Queensferry at War', a Queensferry History Group project, will explore and record the events of the Great War in and around Queensferry and the impact on the residents. Our research will cover: life in Queensferry during WW1, the stories behind the names on our War Memorials, the Naval History that surrounded Queensferry during the Great War, and more! Our' News' page will have interesting information on History Group activities, talks etc. Also any interesting information we discover during our research.
The 'Memorials' page will contain information regarding the men who died and have their names commemorated on the Queensferry and Dalmeny Memorials. These will be archived to the left of the page, with November 2014 telling about the unveiling of the memorials, December 2014 telling the stories of the 1914 names, January 2015 telling the stories of the 1915 men, and so on. It will later have a section for local men, whose names are not on the Memorials, but should be considered for their great sacrifice. The 'Commonwealth Graves' page will tell us the stories behind the men who find themselves buried far from home, in Queensferry Cemetery.
'Queensferry History' will contain information and stories of the history of Queensferry through the years, from the 17th century and the time of the Witches of Queensferry, leading up to the 1914-18 War, what life was like in Queensferry as these men were growing up, what family life was like for those who remained behind during the War and stories of the years following. 'Port Edgar' will tell of the History of Port Edgar and it's role in WWI 'Interesting Facts' will give interesting facts about WWI such as information on the Bantam's etc.
Surrounding areas will also be featured, Hopetoun House, Dalmeny Estate, and Dalmeny Village to name a few.
Started in 2013, our research is on-going and will be updated from time to time as new information is uncovered. We hope to have at least monthly updates!
If you have any stories of the war years you would like to share and see on this blog, or can help with information on any of the named men, or would like to know more about those listed on the memorial page, please contact us through the History Group Website, link above, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Queensferry History Group welcomes new members, and meets every Monday at 10am and on the first Thursday of each month 7.30pm, in the basement of: City of Edinburgh Council Offices, 53 High Street, South Queensferry, Scotland, EH30 9HP -
The Memorial Names information has been researched from these sources, with thanks and acknowledgement to the following : www.cwgc.org (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) with kind permission to use images and information. www.forces-war-records.co.uk, with kind permission to use images and information. www.ancestry.co.uk www.scotlandspeople.gov.net www.findmypast.co.uk www.snwm.org (Scottish National War Memorial) www.nationalarchives.gov.uk www.1914-1918.net www.scottishshale.co.uk www.amc-ww1.com (Royal Army Medical Corps) www.veterans.gc.ca (Veterans Affairs Canada) Wikipedia Scotsman Archives West Lothian Courier Archives Linlithgow Gazette Archives naval-history.net Battleships-Cruisers.co.uk scottishshale.co.uk (Museum of the Scottish Shale Industry) World Naval Ships Forum -Naval Paintings, with thanks to Jim Rae, Ship Images with thanks to – (members names)‘Tomparry’, ’ Baby Stoker’, ‘Spruso’, ‘B C Ronown’, ‘Blaydon’ and ‘Hood 21’, Andy Waugh for images of HMAS Australia and HMS New Zealand, and HMS Renown courtesy of Kronserg.
Below are links to our History Group website, our Queensferry at War website which is now up and running and Queensferry Museum website. There are also links to just some of the helpful websites used in our research.