The Linlithgow in the ‘Great War’ group was formally constituted in July 2013, with the aim of telling the stories of the people, businesses and town of Linlithgow ‘on the home front’ during the 1914-18 ‘Great War’. The initial plan was to use the microfilm archive of the Linlithgowshire Gazette (held in the Local History Library in the town) as our primary reference source and to write up our results for inclusion on Edinburgh University’s ‘Scotland’s War’ website, as well as arranging occasional displays and events in the town. With the unexpected closure of the University’s website for new material the group’s work is now being published on these pages.
Members of the group have each taken a topic, or topics, of their choosing (usually something that particularly interests them) with a view to researching the archives and writing up a suitable piece in due course. This work continues as the various centenaries are marked, and there is always scope for new members to join in.
The group will meets regularly in the Local History Library, usually on the first Saturday of the month, to discuss progress and offer mutual support.