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.Several intimations of Dundee men being wounded are stated to have been received in the city this week. Mrs Paton, residing in Pennycook Lane, received a telegraphic message that her husband had been wounded in action, and this coming on top of a telegram intimating the death of her little child in Glasgow made the news still more poignant. Her husband Private Norman Paton (No 6983) is a reservist attached to A Section of B Company of the Cameron Highlanders. For several years he has acted as vanman to Nicoll & Smibert, Ltd, Bakers, Nethergate. He is not long married.

Public Notices

Lord Kitchener’s Army
Special Battalion for Business Men and Artisans

Lord Kitchener has consented to City or District Sectional Recruiting, but on the condition that each unit provided by complete in itself, and consist of not less than ONE THOUSAND MEN.

This will give the opportunity so widely desired throughout our City for Men serving the Colours in company with their friends and fellow-workers.

The UNITS or UNITS when formed will be TRAINED TOGETHER on a regular basis, and would SERVE TOGETHER as a Branch of the REGULAR ARMY.

I am to state that the Employers of our City are giving Employees every facility, and keeping places open.

All those willing to join this BATTALION are urgently requested to send in their Names and Addresses to me, or to call at the Town House and Register their names with Sergeant Major- Bedson, City Officer.

Town House open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lord Lieutenant.
City Chambers,
3rd September 1914.

Economise Now

Fire-Lighting without Wood - Lighting a fire without wood in this simple manner is a great saving: - Place some loose paper in the bottom of the grate, then twist tightly in lengths a few half sheets of newspaper, tying a knot in the centre of each; bend them over the loose paper in the form of an arch, and place coal on top. Never throw cinders away. Mixed with coal dust and sprinkle with water, they will make a nice fire.

A Proud Dundee Mother

Four Sons Serving: An Artilleryman’s Experience
Mrs Thomson, Watson Street, Dundee is a proud woman. She has four sons serving their King and Country, Driver A. Thomson, R.F.A; Sergeant J.R. Thomson, R.F.A; C.T. Thomson, 1st Battalion Black Watch and R.V. Thomson.

“I have just come back from the front after terrible experiences” writes Sergeant Thomson from the General Hospital, Cambridge, to his mother. “I hear Charles has been called up, so that makes four of us serving the Country. Young Bob is at the front with the 5th Dragoons. I believe they are doing good work, with little or no casualties. Our artillery fairy got cut up at Mons. They hadn’t an earthly chance. We seemed to be surprised and we got peppered. It was like hail. The enemy outnumbered us by 50 to1, but we had not half as many casualties as they had. The French came up to us but they were 14 hours late. They were to do the flanking movement, and cut off the enemy from the main body, but it didn’t come off. I got a chill lying on the grass in France, and as they feared in was pneumonia I was sent on sick leave. I believe our battery did well, with few casualties, but my old battery, the 45th, got a very severe shaking. The 4th and 5th Divisions had the roughest time. The enemy’s fire seemed to find them out at once, and let them have it thick and hot. Although we are outnumbered 50 to 1 we shall win, and may the Lord have mercy on them when we do get a hold of them. We have a lot of Black Watch with us, most of them Dundee men, and it’s good to hear the old twang again”.

Your Queen’s Appeal

Her Majesty the Queen and Lord Kitchener earnestly appeal for you aid. Socks and belts are required by our troops at the front.

Probably you have already been knitting socks, mitts, helmets and other articles which will tend to the comfort of our soldiers. If so, do not relax your efforts; rather redouble and add belts to your list of products. You will earn the underlying gratitude of those who are upholding the Empire’s glory, and will have the satisfaction of knowing you have done your share in your country’s battle.
Send your parcels to:
The Editor,
“People’s Journal”
Bank Street,
And rest assured they will reach their proper destination.

For Our Soldiers

Have you a spare sixpence or shilling?
If so, why not give it to provide a bit of “’baccy” for our soldiers at the front?
One shilling will do a wonderful lot to give these brave fellows some comfort on the field. Don’t stifle that generous impulse – send what you can!

La Scala, Dundee

Saturday (To-day)
Last day of showing
Charles Dickens
Old Curiosity Shop
“Belgium at War”
(Latest War Topical)

To Abandon Football

Next Tuesday’s meeting of the S.F.A. promises to be historical. A determined effort will be made to abandon football during the process of war; and while Mr Munro was in the hopeless minority when he moved to that effect three weeks ago, the Inverness gentleman will be better supported on this occasion. “It is disgraceful to think that so many able-bodied men should shirk their obvious duty while their brothers are bearing more than their share of the burden!” declared Mr Munro. That was three weeks ago. Much has happened since then.

You May Get An Idea Here:

Readers’ Helpful Hints

To Swell the War Fund - A popular way to swell the War Fund would be to have sacred musical services throughout the land every Sunday evening while the war lasts, and at which a voluntary collection would be taken. All the leading artists in the country should consider it a privilege, as well as a duty, to give their services free, and instrumental bands might be introduced as a way of variety. – Finance 2s 6d.

Waste Nothing – The most urgent necessity is to prepare ourselves to face the trouble before us. We must study economy, eat and drink less, deny ourselves luxuries and waste nothing. – J.H.

A Novel Proposal – My idea how to help the war fund is one that may not have occurred to many at the present time. It is in the shape of asking the assistance of our great provision stores to co-operate in this grand work by offering their goods to wives of our soldiers and sailors at the front at reduced prices, or if they prefer send a supply of goods to the “People’s Journal” Fund, I am quite sure you would willingly see that the goods were dispatched to the most neccessitous cases. – W.D.

Your Country

Calls for men.
Have you answered the summons?
If not do so now.
Your example may lead others to
rally to the colours, and avert desperate
consequences and hideous misery.