Another report discovered in the Southern Reporter. This time concerning the funeral of my gg-grandfather Alexander Burnett Dodds (1836-1895). I knew he was Colour-Sergeant for the local volunteer detachment, and have his medals, but had no idea that his funeral was so impressive. He was buried at the Weirhill cemetery. I’ve previously blogged about the sorry state of the family gravestone there. To read more about his life see his obituary, also from the Southern Reporter.
Southern Reporter, 1895 October 3
On Friday afternoon Colour-Sergeant Alexander Burnet Dodds, the oldest member of the Melrose Volunteer detachment, was buried in Melrose Cemetery with full military honours. There was a large turnout of Volunteers in full-dress uniform, while along the route to the cemetery the streets were lined with spectators. The hearse, containing the coffin, on which was placed a Union Jack and deceased’s helmet and side arms, was preceded by a firing party of nineteen Volunteers with arms reversed, and the Battalion Band from Hawick. The cortege, which was followed by the Melrose Volunteer Detachment and a very large number of mourners, proceeded from Abbey Gate by way of Abbey Street, Market Place, and High Street to the Cemetery, while the band played the “Dead March in Saul.” On arriving at the entrance to the cemetery, the procession halted, and the coffin was carried shoulder high to the grave. The service there was conducted by the Rev. R.J. Thompson, assistant to the Rev. Dr Herdman, and the firing party fired three volleys. The Volunteers were under the command of Captain Small, and the other officers present in uniform were Major Broad, Captain J. Hope (adjutant of the Border Rifles), and Captain and Quartermaster Monro. The whole proceedings were of an impressive character.