Granton War Memorial

Sources and where to find out more

Internet sources

Commonwealth Wars Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is an intergovernmental organisation of six independent member states (United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa) whose principal function is to mark, record and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of Commonwealth of Nations military service members who died in the two World Wars.

You can consult the Debt of Honour Register on

Scottish National War Memorial

The Memorial itself is located in Edinburgh Castle and aims to record the names of those servicemen and women who died in the two World Wars and who were born in Scotland or served in a Scottish Regiment.

You can consult their records on

Ancestry – Military Records

Ancestry – – is a subscription site but many public libraries, including those in Edinburgh, have arrangements that allow free access. On the Ancestry site the following data collections have been checked for all men named on the memorial who served in the British Army:

Ancestry – Census Records

The Ancestry website also gives access to UK Census material from 1841 to 1901. This was useful for establishing the family background of the men named on the Granton War Memorial. The Scottish Census material on Ancestry consists of transcriptions. They sometimes are inaccurate and any difficulties were resolved by reference to the microfilm copies of the originals which are available in the Edinburgh Central Library.

Information about Regiments of the British Army.

The website was used to obtain information about Regiments and Battalions (or other formations) within those regiments.

Naval Casualties

There is not so much online material available for naval casualties but naval service records do survive and can be downloaded, for a charge, from the National Archives at Kew (London)-

Scottish War Memorials Project Index

For information about Scottish War Memorials go to

Non-internet sources

During the First World War local newspapers usually aimed to publish information about local casualties – often with photographs. The amount of information published varies and in 1918, when casualties were highest, it looks as if the newspapers could not keep up with the flow of casualties and sometimes no information can be found.

Much of the biographical information on the individual pages comes from the Edinburgh Evening News and the Edinburgh Evening Dispatch. Part of the Parish of Granton lay within the boundaries of the Burgh of Leith and reports on casualties whose homes were in this area are sometimes to be found in the Leith Observer. None of these newspapers are indexed or available online. They are available on microfilm at the Edinburgh Central Library. Where material from newspapers or other printed sources is used, this is mentioned on the page concerned.

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