"Hawick and the War 1914-1918"

The story of the Great War on Hawick and District.

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Stobs War Memorial (Slitrig Valley)

Stobs War Memorial

On it are recorded the names of 12 men of the Slitrig valley who died during the Great War and 1 man from the Second World War.

Walter Barrie


James Burnett


Andrew Currie


James Dickson


Henry Elliot


Walter Haddon



Penchrise Peel

Thomas R.Oliver


Thomas K.T Redpath

Acreknowe Cottages

James W.Telfer


Robert Wright


David M.Wyllie


Sgt. James Corry

Adderstonshiel (1944)


This is an interesting postcard taken at Stobs @ 1917-18. The large drum in the centre bears the words "Klamoteur - Kapelle Loch Doon - Scotland"

The Loch Doon Aerial Gunnery School was a project that wasted over £3 million (over £100m in today's money) in trying to establish an aerial gunnery school, with rail-mounted targets zig-zagging down steep hillsides to simulate enemy aircraft in flight. The project included the construction of an airfield, a dam, a hydro-electric scheme, a light railway and several camp sites to accommodate 1500 civilian contractors from Messrs McAlpine, 1200 German POWs and some 500 troops, together with sewage and water systems and also included a cinema to seat an audience of 400. The work commenced in September 1916 and was abandoned in January 1918, when the Whitehall authorities finally realised, as they had been advised by the locals all along, that adverse weather conditions made flying impossible for much of the time and the wet marshy ground was unsuitable for use as an airfield.

A POW Band at Stobs @ 1917-18

Stosb Prisoners at Nethy Bridge

The postcard on the left was posted from Stobs Camp to Germany in 1918.

The plaque sitting in front of the POW's has "Nethy Bridge" written on it.

Nethy Bridge was a forestry work camp during the Great War.

A phantom practise trench above the Acreknowe Burn 2003

Phantom trenches near Acreknowe

Military graffiti on a wall at Hermitage Castle

Military graffiti on a wall at Hermitage Castle


Hawick & The Great War 1914 - 1918

The Scottish War Memorials Project

The Scottish War Graves Project

Hawick and the Great War 1914-1918

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Colislinn Country House

No escape from Copshaw...............

Men of the Slitrig Valley who served.

Men of the Slitrig Valley who served in the Great War

My thanks to:
Ian Lowes, Hawick, for permission to use postcards from his Stobs collection.
Newfoundland Heritage for permission to use pictures of their Regiment at Stobs in 1915. 

Alan Murphy, Hawick, for some excellent information on the camp.

Stobs Camp : THEN and NOW





Major Haddon, Border Rifles 1903


A Highland Regiment, Whitlawhaugh @ 1915 Whitlawhaugh 2006

The photograph above was kindly donated by Alison De Caen, Canada.

BUFFALO BILL's Wild West Circus visits Whitlawhaugh in July 1904




My thanks to Tom F.Cunningham of the Scottish National Buffalo Bill Archive for the above information.



 PLEASE Help Save Our Scottish Border Red Squirrels - http://www.red-squirrels.org.uk/

 Grey squirrels have been spotted in the woods at Stobs for the last few years. Incursion by pox carrying grey squirrels from England is now the single largest threat to our native red squirrels in Scotland. The Squirrelpox virus is harmless to greys but is lethal to the native reds, with squirrels dying a horrible death over two weeks. The Squirrelpox virus also has the devastating effect of speeding up the rate at which grey squirrels displace and replace reds (usually about 15 years) by a factor of twenty, denying researchers adequate time to develop an effective vaccine for reds or a contraceptive for greys, along with targeted ways of administering them.