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.

How You Can Help

! Shop as early as possible in the day.
! Do not expect immediate service during busy hours.
! Carry home small purchases.
! Where goods cannot conveniently be carried home, give the option of delivery on the following day.
! Send orders in writing where practical, and as long as possible in advance.
! Everybody can help somehow.

In observing this recommendation you are bearing a hand.

- From the Government Committee on War Organisation in the Distributing Trades in Scotland.

Only A Few Lines

By way of encouragement to those who have not yet given a serious thought to what this war means to us. The Dundee Cycle Corps FIRST LINE is almost complete, but we have commenced to build up
Or Second Unit.
Think of the usefulness of a Soldier Cyclist in War, and think of the joy and glory that will be yours when, after you have done that little bit, you can say –
“I helped to save my Country”.
Come along now to the
Drill Hall and when the War is almost over don’t have it said that you were in
(Lieut. Walter H. McGrady in Command).

Rally to the Old Black Watch

The End of the War
“B” Company of the 2/4th has a number of vacancies, and men are urgently needed to fill them.
Captain F.L. McGrady
Appeals to you to meet him at the
Recruiting Office, High Street.

French Liking for Dundee Marmalade

Writing from the Dardanelles, under date 13th May, a Dundee member of the Royal
Naval Brigade shows that more than arms are bringing renown to the city.

“I received your parcel of cigarettes all right” remarks the scribe, “and I shall reserve some of them for the wounded. Poor fellows! The first thing they ask for when in the hands of we Red Cross men is a fag. Despite the rigors or the fighting, however, we have some fine fun occasionally. As changes are lightsome in the culinary line, we sometimes exchange eatables with the French and Indian soldiers. What the French crave for most is marmalade. It is something new to them, you see, as marmalade was not known in France previous to the commencement of hostilities. The Indians make a sort of wholemeal scone, for which sugar is given them by us.

“But oh, these guns! You can understand what it is to have 400 cannon and thousands of rifles going all night; it is one ceaseless din and rattle”.

More Wounded Arrive in Dundee

Another batch of soldiers wounded in the recent fighting arrived at Dundee on Monday morning by special ambulance train.

The contingent numbered 100, and included men from different Scottish, English and Irish regiments. They were dressed in all manner of uniforms and bore visible traces of the fatigue and strain of the fighting line. The arrangements for the reception of the men were supervised by Colonel. W. Gordon Thomson , Red Cross Commissioner for the district, in the absence, through indisposition, of Colonel Wyville Thomson, Senior Medical Officer to the Tay Defences.

The large fleet of motors in waiting to convey the men to the different hospitals was under the charge of Mr J. Norman Bell while Mr Charles Stewart, of Messrs Don & Stewart, overlooked the work of the stretcher-bearers, supplied as is customary from the ranks of the local branch of the St Andrew’s Ambulance Association.

Interest was aroused by the presence of a new ambulance sent from the Red Cross Society headquarters, which is capable of carrying two stretcher cases or four ordinary cases.

The removal of the soldiers from the train to the waiting vehicles was carried out very expeditiously, despite the large proportion – 30 in number of “cot” or serious cases. In well under the hour the train was emptied, and read to proceed back to England. The men were allocated as follows to the various hospitals:-
Royal Infirmary………………..20
Eastern Hospital………………20
Caird Rest………………….….20
Cox’s School, Lochee………..20
The Lodge, Broughty Ferry….20

Potato Scones

Mash boiled potatoes till quite smooth, add a little salt, then knead out with flour of barley meal to the thickness required. Toast on a griddle, pricking with a fork to prevent blistering. When eaten with fresh or salt butter, according to taste, they are equal to crumpets.

Live Well but Cheaply

Now that butcher meat is getting beyond the working classes, many people are sometimes using haricot or butter beans or lentils as a substitute for meat; and in many households margarine is taking the place of butter. People should buy only those foods which are of real values. Oatcakes and cheese would be hard to beat; and rice steamed in milk is a most valuable food – in fact a whole food in itself. If the Government could only organise the ammunition business properly most people could devote an hour or two per day to such work, and so augment their incomes. - A.T.

We must radically alter our diet; eating the minimum of meat and the maximum of vegetables. Instead of butcher-meat, buy some beef bones, some lentils or peas. These make good soup and the dripping does instead of the butter. Eliminate bacon from the breakfast table, and let porridge take its place. Use oatmeal cakes instead of bread, and effect a big saving without any detriment to health. In fact, live as plainly as possible. This virtual boycott or higher-priced foods is the only means by which we can reduce them to their former level. - Mrs G.G.