2018, marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. Since 2013 Queensferry History Group have been researching many aspects of World War 1 with much of the focus being placed on how the conflict affected the communities of Queensferry and Dalmeny.

The object of this website is to allow the people of South Queensferry and the wider world to become aware of the History of Queensferry before, during and after World War One, and perhaps help people find their lost relatives.

Britain’s declaration of war against Germany in August 1914 put the Firth of Forth on a war footing. New regulations came into force for shipping in the Forth. Plans were put in place to make the Forth a major base for the Grand Fleet. Fortifications around the Forth Bridge were brought into action. Hundreds of Queensferry men enlisted to fight in the war. They boarded troop trains at a station near what is now the lawn bowling club. Suddenly Queensferry was short of workers. What were school children told of this conflict and how did the burgh react? Over the coming months we will attempt to discover and explain the background to the war and what is was like in our burgh.


Surrender of German naval forces, 21st November 1918. © IWM (IWM 1212)

‘Queensferry at War’, a Queensferry History Group project, explores and records the events of the Great War in and around Queensferry and the impact on the residents. Our research covers: life in Queensferry during WW1, the stories behind the names on our War Memorials, the Naval History that surrounded Queensferry during the Great War, and more. Our ‘Memorials’ page contains information regarding the men who died and have their names commemorated on the Queensferry and Dalmeny Memorials. It will later have a section for local men, whose names are not on the Memorials, but should be considered for their great sacrifice.

Our project to commemorate the end of the First World War, has been funded by The National Lottery.

THE ROYAL NAVY IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR (Q 74233) HMS Champion of the 2nd Battlecruiser Squadron, 13th Flotilla, leaving the Firth of Forth. Copyright: © IWM.

If you have any stories of the war years you would like to share, or can help with information on any of the named men, or would like to know more about those listed on the memorial page, please contact us.