Wednesday, 6 June 2012
From the Archive
I found several copies of this rather colourful document which appears to be unfinished as the paper has not been cropped back to the edge of the printed sheet. It is likely that Smail's bought in the coloured blanks (Duncan Campbell & Son, Glasgow are named at the bottom) and then overprinted the names of the men form Innerleithen - there are no woman on this version of the Roll of Honour. I'll need to go to the Guard Books to try and establish when this was printed.
205 men are named - in most cases both forename and surname are given, most have an address although not all are in Innerleithen and in all cases the unit they served in is named. Whilst there are 51 different units listed, the majority (57%) served with the Royal Scots, 48% with the 8th Battalion.
56 names on the printed roll aren't on the one in the Memorial Hall. There are possible matches for about half of them but the unit is different. Overall there's information about more than 500 men and 14 women who served in the forces during World war 1. At some point it would be interesting to compare the names on these Rolls of Honour, the War Memorial and some of the other memorial in the town.