William Carmichael Peebles
Born in 1871, William Carmichael Peebles was an Edinburgh-
He had been commissioned into the 5th Volunteer Battalion in 1894, and assumed command of the 7th Battalion in 1910.
The Battalion was the victim of the Quintshill Rail Disaster when on 22 May 1915, the train carrying battalion HQ and A & D companies hit a local train on the same line. 226 people died, 215 from the Royal Scots; 246 were injured, 191 from the Royal Scots. Peebles was uninjured as he was lying on a seat -
Peebles commanded his unit in Gallipoli (where it was merged with the 4th Battalion for two periods), Egypt, Palestine and France. He only missed the Third Battle of Gaza by being on leave. When he went home from France in May 1915 he had commanded the battalion on active service for 3 years.