November 1917

Dundee Officer Killed During Charge on Pill Box

News has been received of the death in action of Lieut Hugh McKenzie, Canadians, third son of Mrs McKenzie, 23, James Street, Dundee. His rise in the army was rapid. He joined up as a private in Canada shortly after the outbreak of hostilities and was subsequently drafted to this country. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant. After fully a year of stiff fighting he was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for conspicuous bravery in the field, and shortly afterwards received the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He was further promoted to the rank of Sergeant-Major, and subsequently received his commission. He had been for almost three years at the front. In the early part of October of this year he spent a short furlough in Dundee renewing old acquaintances. He had only been on the front for ten days on his return when he met his death.

Prior to emigrating about six years ago Lieut McKenzie was employed with the Caledonian Railway Co. as a carter. While resident in the city he was a well-known wrestler, and for a period carried on a Club of his own at Dudhope Castle. Deceased who was 30 leaves a widow and two children who reside in Canada. In a letter received by the gallant officer’s mother, the Major commanding the battalion, states that Leiut McKenzie was killed during an attack. “Hugh” he writes “was in charge of four machine guns. When nearing their final objective he noticed that some of the infantry was being held up temporarily by some Germans in a ‘pill-box’. The other officer has all become casualties, but Hugh pushed forward shouting, ‘Come on, boys and we’ll take it’. He only got a short distance, however, when he was shot through the head and killed instantaneously”.

Dundee Jute Strike

There was no material change yesterday in regard to the Dundee jute strike. A large number of the boys and girls still remained out, and a number of the works continued closed. The situation is bearing hard on many of the older workers, whose wages have thus been stopped, and who accepted the arbiter’s award, and were prepared to abide by it.

The matter was discussed last night at a meeting of the Committee of the Mill and Factory Workers’ Union. It was pointed out that at the arbitration meeting it was explained that it was extremely difficult in Dundee to make discrimination between boys and girls under 18 years of age and boys and girls over 18, because many of the former were actually doing the work of adults. That difficulty was foreseen by the Unions representatives and the arbiter was informed of it. Rev. Henry Williamson the Hon. President, was asked to communicate with the Committee on productions and point out that this difficulty was serious and was causing a great deal of trouble in the community. While the majority of the workers were evidently well enough pleased with the award, it was matter for regret that the boys and girls seemed to have some reasonable ground for complaint. The committee appealed to the boys and girls to return immediately to work in the hope that some modification would be made in the award.

Cross for City Officer

Lieut. Arthur Thomas, Seaforths, son of Mrs J. Thomas, Hermonhill, Dundee has been awarded the Military Cross for distinguished conduct on the field. Lieut. Thomas who is a former member of the “Dundee Advertiser” literary staff, came home in 1915 from Singapore, where he held a journalistic appointment, and received a commission in the Seaforths. Previously he was a member of the Volunteer force at Singapore, and took part in the operations for the suppression of the mutiny which broke out among Indian troops on the island early in the war. Lieut. Thomas went to the front at the beginning of this year, and has gone through a considerable amount of heavy fighting. Two of his brothers are at present serving in the army, one was recently discharged for health reasons, while a fourth is in the mercantile marine.


Thursday, 2.30 p.m.
Demonstration on Pickling.
Admission 6d.
Y.M.C.A., 33, Tay Street, Dundee.

Dundee Hibs’ Big Problem

By Unomi
The Directors of Dundee Hibs have had a thrilling and anxious week. Rennie and Ref. Ferrier are on the injured list and it is probable that the latter won’t play for a number of weeks. Johnnie Fitchie and McCabe have signed, in order that they should be able to take the field to-day. The “deals” were quietly effected at Tannadice on Thursday evening. The fact that they have taken the senior plunge should prove an incentive and good driving force to both players. Of course, they are prohibited from slipping back to junior ranks when things in the higher circles are not going well.

At The Kings

Always on the alert for artistes new to Dundee, the management have secured next week the famous light comedy star Fred Barnes, for the London Palladium. Mr Barnes will be heard in selections from his repertoire, including “Samoa”, “There’s a Friend Every Milestone,” and his own version of “Down Where the Swanee River Flows”. Another favourite comedienne makes a welcome reappearance in Miss Alice Craven, who has a captivating manner of singing her dialect and comedy songs. Miss Joy Wattle, and Australian character prima donna, is rapidly achieving fame. The Five Bombay’s are the famous novelty dancers from the London Coliseum. A novelty act is presented by Mimi, who is styled “the dainty little lady of the luminous table”. The Enardo Brothers, a couple of Italian gymnasts and Chris Baker, a comedian who has already done service in France and is now invalided from the army, complete another of those capitol programmes associated with this popular house.

War Savings To-day

Wonderful Values
I cannot give here particulars of the unprecedented bargains which come to you this week, as newspaper space is not available. I can only assure you that never has such an opportunity list of goods at so low prices been before you. Make it your business to call and participate. Assuredly you will be astonished at the Grand Lots Displayed in every section.
G.L. Wilson,
“The Corner, Dundee.


H.M. Theatre, Dundee
Monday, Nov, 5. For six nights
Chas. Harrington’s Co in
“The Octoroon”
Saturday matinee by special request, at
Special reduced prices for schools
“Uncle Tom’s Cabin”.

More Money for Tommy

The allowance paid to men discharged on ten days’ furlough from hospital was the subject of discussion at the meeting of the Executive of the Dundee Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Help Society on Thursday. It was resolved to recommend that 30s be paid to each man on leaving hospital, in place of 20s, the amount at present paid.

Hut Service in France

In Mains and Strathmartine Church Hall on Wednesday night the Rev. Andrew Cummings, M.A., gave a very interesting and instructive lecture on his work in the Y.M.C.A. huts in France, where he had spent several months in 1915 and during the present year, attending to varied duties which fall to the lot of the Y.M.C.A. workers. The lecture, which was illustrated by lantern views, was much appreciated by the large audience which completely filled the hall. Several little girls provided a pretty interlude in the programme by rendering two action songs. The proceeds are to be devoted to the Women’s Work Party for providing comforts to soldiers. Mr John S.Y. Rogers manipulated the lantern.