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Red Lichtie editor of ‘lost’ war mag

Original copies of The Hydra will go on display in the War Poets Collection exhibition in Edinburgh later this year

Original copies of The Hydra will go on display in the War Poets Collection exhibition in Edinburgh later this year

Poet, writer, historian and proud Red Lichtie 2nd Lieutenant James Bell Salmond has been linked to presumed lost forever, original copies of a 
war hospital magazine.

Three original copies of ‘The Hydra’, the magazine of Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh have been donated to Edinburgh Napier University after a lengthy search.

Famous war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried L. Sassoon worked on the magazine under the experienced hand of 2nd Lieutenant James Bell Salmond, son of former Arbroath Herald editor and namesake James B. Salmond.

Salmond was born in Arbroath in 1891 and attended the High School before graduating from St Andrews University in 1912. He then went to work as a journalist at Northcliffe Press before being commissioned into the Black Watch.

He was admitted to Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh in 1917 followed shortly after by famous poets of the Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Wilfred Owen and Captain Siegfried L. Sassoon.

Patrick W. Anderson from Letham is Mr Salmond’s 
second cousin and alerted the Arbroath Herald to the link. The magazines have been found after a decade-long search and donated to the university by the relative of another former 
patient who succeeded 
Salmond and Owen as editor. The university believes no
 other collection in Scotland hold two of the three copies.

Librarian Catherine Walker, said: “Having original copies back in the building where the magazines were written is a thrill and very fitting as we approach August and the centenary of Britain going to war.”

The Craiglockhart Campus was requisitioned by the War Office as a hospital for First World War officers suffering from shell-shock. Lieutenant Salmond went on to edit the Scots Magazine and during 1943 opened the Youth Hostel at Auchmithie, later the Auchmithie Hotel.

 

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