Who? When? Where?
Reproduced with acknowledgement to John
Stewart, Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland
Who? When? Where?
Thank you to John Stewart for sending this photo to me.
"Here is a photo that seems to be related to
the Gretna Disaster.
Unlike the main funeral to Rosebank in 1915,
although this photo shows a company of soldiers heading for the funeral,
it shows civilians on the corteges.
No soldiers are lining the route.
I wonder if any of your readers can shed light
on it and the area where this photo was taken in. The extreme
right of this photo seems to show a building with pillars."
John Stewart, Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland:
December 3, 2012
Reply to John?
It might not be easy to discover when this photo was taken, or who is
in the photo - but perhaps somebody will be able to recognise
If you have any comments about this photo of a funeral
procession, which incidentally seems to be leading a single coffin, or if
you recognise the location,
please email me, then I'll pass on your comments to John Stewart
Peter Stubbs: December 11, 2012
Thank you to John Buchan, who moved from Perth to Edinburgh in 1963,
for identifying the location of this photo. The photo was taken at
'The top of the Old High Street, Perth'.
"This photo was actually taken in Perth and
the soldiers are from the The Black Watch at Queen's Barracks."
"There's a similar view of an earlier
procession in a book of Old Perth by Guthrie Hutton (Bygone Perth)
published by Stenlake Publishing."
Yard and Buildings
"The yard at the left-hand side of the picture
is the rail yard at the top of the Old High Street, and the wording
'works' is clearly visible in both phtographs. You can also quite
clearly check out the features on the tenement building in the background.
The cortege appears to be on it's way to
Wellshill Cemetery on the other side of the railway bridge. I know
this part of the town intimately as I lived nearby and went to school just
round the corner."
Jack Buchan: Perth until 1963, now
Edinburgh: January 23, 2014