The Ill-Fated Battalion - The Story of the 7th (Leith) Royal Scots at Quintinshill and Gallipoli, 1915 Paperback – 19 Aug 2013
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The author has done a fair amount of work in researching the Quintinshill crash and gives an interesting account of events and individuals. Though detailed, the analysis of the crash is not as comprehensive as in the other recent book on the subject, "Britain's Worst Rail Disaster: The Shocking Story of Quintinshill, 1915" by Jack Richards and Adrian Searle.
The account of the 7th Royal Scots in Gallipoli is highly readable, but comprises only a few dozen pages at the end of the book and is too brief to do justice to its subject. Furthermore, the author is not a military historian and seems to rely quite a lot on the seminal work "The Royal Scots, 1914-1919" written by Major John Ewing in 1925.
So, why would anyone buy this book? Well, if you had an ancestor in the 7th Royal Scots during WW1 and want to find a readable overview of events affecting the battalion in 1915 without getting too bogged down in military detail then this book will be interesting and quite informative. It is inexpensive and is very clearly printed.
Finally, if you buy the book, I'd recommend having a look at the animated diagram in the Wikipedia article entitled "Quintinshill rail disaster". This shows the sequence of events leading up to the rail crash. The details may not be 100% accurate, but the animated diagram helps to understand what happened at Quintinshill.
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