The History of Leith

April 26, 2005

The Gretna Disaster 1915

The Gretna Disaster 1915

This was the worst Railway disaster in British History taking place on the 22nd May 1915.Two trains were involved and on board one were “A” and “D” companies of the Royal Scots. The final total was 127 dead and 246 injured the troops having come from Leith and Musselburgh.

One witness reported that men were asking to be shot rather then suffer the agony they were in.

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