The History of Leith

April 1, 2012

THE 1ST MIDLOTHIAN (LEITH BATT.).VOLUNTEERS.

THE 1ST MIDLOTHIAN (LEITH BATT.) .
VOLUNTEERS.
This Battalion is” not yet up to full- strength by any
means. Many hundreds- of volunteers are wanted
before it can participate fully in the Government
grants which encourage such efforts of local patriotism.
Needless to say, all exempted men from 18 to 41
ought to enrol. But the main appeal’ of the Movement
is to men over military age ; not a few may- be
afraid of the drill, thinking that at their time > of
life- the exertion will be too violent. But this is a
mistake. There are some men over sixty in the
Battalion ! There are many many men in South
Leith Church whose place is beside, them in the
ranks. It does not matter what their public or social
position may be ; if they cannot volunteer for voluntary
service because of their businesses, and leave home,
here is a form of patriotic work which allows them
to choose their o^wn time practically for-helping the
country. Every evening there are three drills, making,
with one on Saturday afternoons, sixteen chances
of attending throughout the week.- – As -only fourteen
drills have to be put in during the month, that gives
between sixty arid seventy opportunities of doing the
drills required. There are few men >vho could not
arrange “it. South Leith has the distinction of having
the largest number of men serving in the Army and Navy
of any Church in Scotland; why should it not
acquire equal distinction in the ranks of our local
Battalion of the Volunteers ? There are at least seven
local ministers drilling with the Battalion, of whom
the Minister of South Leith is one ; his time is at
least as much occupied as that of most men in the
town. Will not the older members of the ‘ Church
rally to the ranks beside him ?

Source-South Leith Magazine-1917

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