William Carmichael Peebles

Born in 1871, William Carmichael Peebles was an Edinburgh-based electrical engineer, working in the family firm Peebles Engineering in Leith.

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 - had he been sitting it would have been a different matter. He directed his surviving men in their rescue of their comrades.

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.