Newbattle at War a history of the Parish at war   

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The Cornwall family stayed at 46 The Square, Newtongrange , I can actually see their house from mine. They would send four sons to the front, two nephews from Newtongrange and one from nearby Gorebridge would  perish as would a relative from Edinburgh. Sadly  they would not be the only ones to suffer in this manner. This from the Dalkeith Advertiser of 1915.

Four Newtongrange Brothers Serving Their King.

"Mrs Cornwall of 46 The Square has four of her sons at present on service, Walter as a member of the RFA  (Driver 69131 36th RFA)  and has been at the front since August last year, Hugh is a member of the 8th Royal Scots  (Private 4419 8th Royal Scots late Private 3349414 Gordon Highlanders)  and has had 8 months in the trenches and since August (1915) has been invalided home. James is in the Camerons   (Private S/18161 6th Queens Own Cameron Highlanders)  while Richard is in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders  (I believe this is Private 6318 ASH later S/24728 Seaforth Highlanders, there is a Richard Melville Corwnwall  S/10432 ASH but he is the relative I mentioned from Edinburgh. He was sadly KIA 21st September,1916 aged 19 and is buried at Etaples.) and has been in service with them since 1914. Both the latter have gone ot the front. Richard was home on furlough recently and left last week for the front."

Private Richard Cornwall 9425 Queens Own Cameron Highlanders of 55 Monkswood , Newtongrange was killed in action 7th November,1914 and is buried at Railway Chateau Cemetery.

Corporal Peter Corwall MM 330142 8th Royal Scots of Gorebridge was killed in action 21st March,1918,  the first day of the epic Ludendorf Offensive. By all accounts he was a very likeable lad.

Private Walter Cornwall 42092 1st/5th KOSB of 17 Lothian Bridge was killed in action 30th July,1918 aged18, his death was (understandably) taken very badly by his parents.He was their youngest son.

You can view more information on the men mentioned by visiting their individual pages.