Company Quarter-Master Sergeant (CQMS) John Edmiston, M.M.
John Edmiston was born on 17th December 1887. His family lived in Haddow Street in Hamilton, and then in a house called Boydstone on Bent Road. John became a plumber and worked for Mr Lachlan Taylor of Chapel Street.
In 1905, John joined the 2nd Volunteer Battalion Scottish Rifles, the local Volunteer Force unit. He continued to serve with the battalion when it became the 6th Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) in April 1908. John attended every Territorial camp from 1908 until 1914 when the First World War broke out.
After several months of training and home defence duties, the 6th Battalion was sent to France, arriving at Le Havre on 10th March 1915. John arrived ten days later, as he had to receive dental treatment before he was allowed to go overseas. He served with the 6th Battalion until June 1916, when he was granted four weeks leave.
On his return, the 6th Battalion had been joined with the 5th Scottish Rifles to become the 5/6th Battalion Scottish Rifles. In the summer of 1916, the 5/6th Battalion take part in the Battle of the Somme, and, on 11th October 1916, John Edmiston received the Military Medal for bravery.
On 1st August 1917, John was also given the Territorial Force Long Service Medal. His service in France came to an end on 24th August 1917, when he was shot in the right leg. After several months recovering from his wound, John joined a reserve battalion on home service, and was later sent to Ireland where he joined the 3rd Battalion Scottish Rifles.
John was released from military service on 23rd July 1919, and returned to Hamilton where he continued to work as a plumber.
The medals awarded to John Edmiston for his service during the First World War can be seen in the medal display drawers in the museum. Other items belonging to John are on display in the Territorial section of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) display.