I recently received this email from local historian Andrew Grant about Leith and the First World War, which I thought many Leithers (and others) might be interested in.
"After more than 2000 hours of research, collating evidence and editing images and other materials I have now handed over my portfolios relating to Leith casualties (and others associated with Leith) of the Great War to the Library Service. This contains details and analysis of the 2206 casualties noted in the Leith Roll of Honour and of an additional 351 others whom I tracked from other sources. In addition there is something like 5000 photographs and images. These include photographic obituaries noted in the 'Leith Observer', local and international memorials and individual panels; headstones of casualties here in Leith cemeteries and overseas (e.g. Flanders, Dardanelles, Jerusalem, Gaza). This information is now available for individuals researching family members who died in the conflict.
As Leith Library is undergoing alterations the material is meanwhile being held in the Edinburgh Room of the Central Library. In time it will be lodged in Leith Library.
In addition I have collated 151 poems from the Leith Observer written by Leithers and others on the home front or in the trenches. This is available from me on CD for £5.00 + postage. All proceeds are being donated to the Merchant Navy Memorial Trust (Scotland). This memorial is to be unveiled on the Shore on 16th. November 2010 by the Princess Royal following a service in South Leith Parish Church.
Anyone with particular interest or specific enquiries on Leith casualties or wishes a copy of the CD can contact me by email.:- email@example.com "
There's also information on the Lothian Health Service archives website.
(Above from Andrew Grant)
I thought I would also post this link about the unveiling of the Merchant Navy memorial at Leith, last week, a very moving event.
And also some information about the Granton War Memorial from the Granton Local History Society, here.