Royal Scots, Lothian Regiment, 1/4th Btn.  

Rank & Number:     
Private, 4371 & 201197  

01 October 1898; Newington, Midlothian  

                        30 December 1917; Palestine  

Buried Ramleh War Cemetery, Palestine

EDWARD MENZIES was born 01 Oct 1898 in Newington, Midlothian, to parents Thomas Menzies, a baker, and Mary Smith (who married in Edinburgh on 10 Jun 1898).  He died of malaria on 30 Dec 1917 at 1st Lowland Field Ambulance, Palestine. He is buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Palestine  - inscription reads "Gone but not forgotten".  

In the 1901 Census, the family are living at 8 Dalrymple Place, Edinburgh, although father Thomas’ occupation is painter.  Edward’s mother died in 1910, and in the 1911 Census Edward (aged 12) and father Thomas (aged 33, house painter) are in the household of his grandmother, Georgina Menzies, in Yeaman Place, Edinburgh along with his aunt and uncles.  

Edward’s service record gives his father’s address as Govan Bank, Fairlie (until at least Jul 1918), and later Boyd Street, Largs, and the 1920 and 1925 Valuation Rolls have Thomas Menzies, baker, at Boyd Street, Largs.    


Enlisted 24 Jan 1916 (aged 19, wholesale grocer, nok father); posted to Palestine 11 Dec 1916; died of malaria 30 Dec 1917.  His will, dated 20 Dec 1917, leaves the whole of his property and effects to his father, Mr. T. Menzies, of Govan Bank, Fairlie.  The effects, acknowledged by his father on 15 Jul 1918, were – disc, badge, devotional pack, cigarette case, wallet, photos, letters, negative.  

Note - his living relatives notified to the army in 1920 are his father (in Largs), his grandmother and aunt at 13 Yeaman Place, Edinburgh, and two uncles


  Ramleh War Cemetery, Palestine

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