Newbattle at War a history of the Parish at war   

 Now featuring Scots in the Great War Living History Society.    

The 8th Royal Scots (Pioneers) 


The Pick and Rifle  

The local battalion of the Royal Scots , hundreds of men from the Lothians and Peebleshire would leave their peacetime occupations and join the TF battalion at Haddington to go to war. Their record of service is a proud one :



Victoria Cross 1
Distinguished Service Order 2,
Military Cross 18,
Distinguished Conduct Medals 15,
Military Medal 44 and 5 bars,
Meritorious Service Medal 6,
Mentioned in Dispatches 32,
Foreign Decorations 11, a total of 134 decorations and awards.

They saw active service with the BEF from 1914 until after the Armistice, with 7th and 51st Highland Division. They had the distinction of being the only non-kilted unit in the 51st

Their battle honours include 1st Ypres, Bois Garnier 1914, Aubers Ridge.

Neuve Chapelle,Festubert and Givenchy 1915.

Saw the 8th in action at the Somme and Beaumont Hamel.

Arras, Ypres and Cambrai.

The last year of war saw the 8th heavily involved in the big retreat of March & April, the Marne ,

Arras and finally Cambrai.

The 8th lost 209 men killed in action, 87 died of wounds, 1280 wounded,   

17 wounded and missing, 76 missing a total of 1669 from the battalion.


The battalion was spread over a number of companies throughout the locality as follows:


  • A Company at Haddington (dets at Aberlady, Gifford, and Pencaitland),
  • B Company at Tranent (dets at Ormiston, Elphinstone, and Macmerry),
  • C Company at Prestonpans (det at Cockenzie), 
  • D Company at North Berwick (dets at East Linton, Dunbar, and Gullane),
  • E Company at Dalkeith (dets at Bonnyrigg, Pathead, and Gorebridge)
  • F Company at Loanhead (det at Penicuik)
  • G Company at Peebles
  • H Company at Innerleithen (det at Walkerburn)
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