Exhibition detailing life in South Queensferry during World War 1

A postcard which troops sent back to loved ones  is one of the displays.
A postcard which troops sent back to loved ones is one of the displays.

An exhibition detailing life 
in South Queensferry during World War I is now on show at the town’s museum.

The display by the Queensferry History Group aims to portray trench warfare, the mighty Jutland sea battle and life in the Royal Borough 
between 1914 and 1918.

Maps show where some of the 103 war dead from Queensferry and Dalmeny lived and the battlefields where many of them died.

One panel also tells the story of the bloody battle of the Somme, and another the lives of local women during the home front.

Featuring medals, uniforms, photographs and memorabilia, the ‘Queensferry at War’ exhibition 
also sets out to describe the 
Battle of Jutland where over 250 ships of the British and German navies clashed.

A Queensferry History Group spokesman said: “We hope children in particular will visit the museum and get to know the men from Queensferry who went to war and never returned.

‘‘Using seldom-seen 
photos, the exhibition will give visitors a feel for the 
town during the four-year 
war as a place for off-duty sailors to relax and where casualties from Jutland were treated at Butlaw Hospital 
adjoining Port Edgar.”

Almond ward councillor Norman Work, who launched the exhibition, said: “Like many Scottish towns and communities during the First World War, Queensferry suffered from a terrible loss of life.

‘‘The names of the sons, fathers, brothers and neighbours who tragically never returned have been immortalised thanks to Queensferry’s war memorials, but this exhibition remembers the men behind the names.

“Their medals and photographs, which have been lovingly passed from one 
generation to another, have been carefully displayed by the history group.”

Councilor Work added: ‘‘It is fantastic to have their research chronicled in our museum.

‘‘It is free to visit and a timely reminder of the Royal Borough’s war history ahead of the 100th anniversary 
of the Battle of Jutland this May.”

The ‘Queensferry at War’ exhibition, funded by the 
Almond Neighbourhood Partnership, will be open for six months including the 
anniversary commemorations for the Battle of Jutland in May.

The museum’s opening hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10am - 1pm and 2.15pm - 5pm, Sunday 12pm - 5pm. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.