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September 1915

Military Cooks

Men to be trained in Dundee
Arrangements have now been completed for the training of a new party of soldiers as military cooks at Dundee. At Tuesday’s meeting of Dundee School Board a minute of the Continuation Classes Committee was submitted, of which it was stated that a communication had been groups of 20 each – two in Stobswell School and one in Morgan Academy. The proposals have been transmitted to the military authorities. Approval was given to the recommendations by the board. Read more......

June 1915

Departure of 3/4 Black Watch

The third line of the 4th Black Watch (Dundee Territorials) left Dundee on Wednesday to join the second line of the regiment, who are under camp training at Oudenard, Bridge of Earn. The battalion, which was under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Harry K. Smith, took their departure for the city in the early morning, and notwithstanding the hour received a hearty send off, a large crowd of spectators gathering in the vicinity or the station. The men presented a very smart appearance, and seemed to be anticipating the chance with keen pleasure. They left from Tay Bridge in two special trains. Read more......

March 1915

Flag Days

Citizens Contribute a Sum of £2648
There have already been three flag days in Dundee, but none of such widespread appeal as that of Saturday. For no matter how keen the sympathy, and its greatest critic could not label Dundee unsympathetic, it is only human nature to feel most for the sufferings and heartbreaks at one’s own door. And certainly Dundee has its share at present. Read more......

December 1914

Citizen Soldiers

Lieutenant Hugh Roche McCabe
5th Battalion Black Watch (Territorials)

Lieutenant McCabe, of the 5th Battalion Black Watch, now with his regiment in the fighting line in Flanders, is a son of Bailie McCabe, one of Dundee’s most zealous municipal workers. The Lieutenant is one of the most youthful officers of his corps, but though only in his 20th year, he is an efficient and trustworthy officer. Read more......

September 1914

Sad News from the Front

Dundee Men Among the Wounded
The misery which exists in many families in Dundee owing to the breadwinner being called to the front is being made still more pronounced in some quarters by receipt of news from the War Office of a husband or son being among those who have not escaped scathless from the fighting. Read more......

July 1914

Many Recruits Coming Forward

The patriotic spirit is abroad and is spreading among all classes of the community. The appeal which has been made for recruits for the service has been very largely responded to, and many men have come forward during the last day or two prepared to defend King and Country. Read more......

April 1914

Dundee’s Grand “Easter Egg”

One Hundred Thousands Pounds
From Sir J.K. Caird for the New City Hall

This is an Easter that Dundonians will remember, for a generous fellow-citizen has presented them with a fortune. As their “Easter Egg” Sir James K. Caird, Bart., IL.D., has gifted £100,000 to the citizens of Dundee for the purpose of erecting a new city hall. The site chosen is that behind the present Town House, extending from High Street, on to the north to Shore Terrace on the south, and involves the demolition of the clumps of old properties which occupy the area.

The work of building the new structure, it is stipulated, shall be complete in three years.

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March 1914

Better Tramway Service

Extension of Track and Higher Speed

The Board of Trade inspection of the extension of the Blackness Road tramway line took place on Tuesday by Major Pringle, R.E.

This new section, which is about 1200 yards in length, continues the Blackness route from Balgay Lodge to Glamis Road, and has cost about £5000 to construct and equip.

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February 1914

Bad Teeth in Dundee

Another addition was made to Dundee’s many public institutions this week, when Sir George Baxter, LL.D., formally opened the new Dental Hospital, which has been fitted up in a house leased for the purpose in Park Place. The institution is intended to provide dental treatment for the poor free or at a nominal charge. It is readily accessible from the centre of the city.

The hospital proper is confined to the ground floor of the building, which is of two flats. It has been fitted up at a cost of £350.

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January 1914

Typhoid Fever Claims First Victim in Broughty Ferry

It has been officially announced that the outbreak of typhoid fever at Broughty Ferry is in no way caused by the much-maligned drains. The outbreak is said to be due to infected milk.

The outbreak of typhoid fever at Broughty Ferry claimed its first victim on Sunday, when the death took place of Constance Mary Flight (14) daughter of Sergeant Flight, of the Broughty Police. Miss Flight was one of the earliest to be attacked by the disease.

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