Bygone News - 100 years ago and over

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. Read more......

August 1917

Dundee Election

Mr Winston Churchill, Minister of Munitions, has been returned as M.P. for Dundee by a sweeping majority, which sets at rest all doubts as to the unity of the people in regard to the prosecution of the war to a successful issue. Read more......

August 1917

Dundee Election

Mr Winston Churchill, Minister of Munitions, has been returned as M.P. for Dundee by a sweeping majority, which sets at rest all doubts as to the unity of the people in regard to the prosecution of the war to a successful issue. Read more......

April 1917

Bomb Explosion

Alarming Occurrence in Dundee
A bomb which had been sent home from the front was on Tuesday responsible for an alarming occurrence in Dundee, the remarkable feature of which was the absence of more serious consequences. Read more......

January 1917

Terrible Scottish Express Smash

With a crash like a great explosion the 4.18 express from Edinburgh to Glasgow hit a light engine and crumpled up. A second later only a tangles mass lay on the permanent way. In that awful wreckage 11 persons lay dead and over 40 injured. Another death subsequently took place in Edinburgh’s Infirmary, taking the number killed up to 12. Read more......

November 1916

A Strange Error

Officer Reported Killed Turns up in Hospital
Mr James S. Weir, the popular Firemaster of Dundee Fire Brigade, has had a remarkable experience. His elder son, Lieutenant James Weir, of the Black Watch was officially reported killed last Friday, but three days later news was received that his is alive, at present in hospital in France. This was the joyful message received by Mr Weir last night. Read more......

August 1916

Gallant Black Watch

Our column to day bear testimony – in the number of casualties recorded – to the fact that the battalions of the Black Watch have again been heavily engaged in the fighting in France. As ever, they bore themselves right gallantly. A member of one of the battalions gives the following graphic narrative of one of their engagements:- Read more......

May 1916

Escaped from Germany

After having been a prisoner of war in Germany for 19th months, Sergeant John Crockett, a Dundee member of the Wiltshire Regiment, has arrived at his home.

The fortunate soldier now enjoys his liberty as the result of a daring and successful escape from his internment. Read more......

February 1916

People’s Journal

The “Fourth’s” Year of War
A year ago they left Dundee, the lads of the “Gallant Fourth”.

“Dundee’s Own” they were then, dear to the hearts of the thousands who saw them depart for – somewhere.

“Dundee’s Own” they remain yet, after a year’s conflict with the Huns; but they are dearer to us now than even in that moment if parting, for they have given their blood for our sakes, and brought honour to the name of this old city. Read more......

December 1915

Dundee Soldier Gains Coveted French Honour

The proud distinction of being the first Dundee soldier to have been awarded the French Croix de Guerre has fallen on Bombardier Robert Goodman, The Royal Garrision Artillery, who previous to the commencement of hostilities resided with his grandmother, Mrs Munro, 6, Forfar Road, Dundee. Read more......