NON-FOOTBALL STORIES 1915
While looking through old documents, it is almost inevitable that the reader's attention will be drawn from the intended target to other articles. The reports below were found in an old Glasgow Herald newspapers. Although they have no football content, they may be of interest.
Young-Bain - At 17 Walker Street, Paisley, on 31 December by the Reverend H Morton Dunlop, Canal Street, United Free Church, John Young, Engineer, Iloilo, Philippine Islands, to Jean Hamilton, daughter of the late John Bain, Ardrossan.
Glasgow Herald, 4 January 1915
CASES AT ARDROSSAN MILITARY HOSPITAL
Six wounded soldiers have been added to those at present undergoing treatment at the Ardrossan Red Cross Military Hospital. Two of the new arrivals experienced very severe weather conditions in Flanders and are suffering from frostbite. The names of the soldiers are Private William Bartlett, 2nd Devonshire Regiment; J Brophy, 2nd Highland Light Infantry W Gratton, 1st King's Scottish Light Infantry, C McBlane, 2nd Royal Scots; J McAulay, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers and H White, 7th Scottish Rifles.
Glasgow Herald, 19 January 1915
ARDROSSAN HARBOUR AND BURGH ASSESSMENT
Ardrossan Town Council have had under consideration the present practice of exempting the Ardrossan Harbour Company from payment of the burgh general assessment, the special sewer rate and the public water rate. The valuation of the harbour is over £10000 and the total of the rates on which they are present exempted is 3s 5¼d per £1. After considering the legal position of the Harbour Company and the subjects within the harbour area, it was agreed to prepare a memorial to be submitted to senior and junior counsel for their opinion upon the powers of the Council to assess the Harbour Company for those rates under the Council Act.
Glasgow Herald, 20 January 1915
ALIEN SENTENCED AT KILMARNOCK
A somewhat remarkable case under the Aliens Restriction (Consolidation) Order was heard at Kilmarnock yesterday before Sheriff Robertson. Ernest Richard Wilhelm Wagner, fireman on the steamship Else of Aalborg, Denmark, was charged with having reported to the Aliens Officer at Ardrossan that he was born in Holland, whereas he was born in Germany. He pleaded guilty and in a statement written in German declared that he had been out of work in Pensacola, America, and was starving. He got the opportunity of a berth on the Else, representing himself as a Dutchman. He had read in the German newspapers in New York that German prisoners in England were badly treated and that no ship would take a German seaman. In a reply to the Sheriff, the accused said he had been in the German Navy for nearly five years, for over three years as a torpedo overseer but he went to America without permission and was liable to imprisonment if he went back to Germany. He was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment and it was stated that he would probably be arrested as a prisoner of war on the expiry of that term.
Glasgow Herald, 26 January 1915
NAVAL FUNERAL AT ARDROSSAN
Yesterday afternoon the funeral took place at Ardrossan of A B Kelly of one of His Majesty’s destroyers who met his death by accident on Friday (19 February 1915). He was a native of Skibbereen, County Cork. The funeral was conducted with full military honours, the band of the 5th Royal Scots Fusiliers being present and the members of the vessel to which Kelly was attached. The coffin was wrapped in a Union Jack and at the graveside the service was conducted by the Reverend Father Galloucher, assisted by the Reverend Father Power. Thereafter three volleys were fired by the marines and the party returned to the harbour.
Glasgow Herald, 24 February 1915
ARDROSSAN ACADEMY TEACHERS' SALARIES
Arising out of an action of the Ardrossan School Board in granting a £10 increase of salary to a teacher in order to retain his services when he received an appointment from Keith School Board, a petition was sent in to the meeting of the Board by the teachers of the higher grade department of Ardrossan Academy requesting a general increase.
Glasgow Herald, 13 March 1915
ARDROSSAN AND SALTCOATS RECREATION PARK
At the monthly meeting of Ardrossan Town Council held on Monday evening - Provost Chrystie presiding - the joint committee appointed by Ardrossan and Saltcoats Burghs to negotiate with Lord Eglinton's factor on the subject of acquiring the Holm Plantation as a recreation ground for the two towns recommended that the plantation should be acquired at a cost of £1100. A letter was read from Saltcoats Town Council stating that they had adopted the recommendation of the joint committee and were awaiting the decision of Ardrossan Town Council. A petition was submitted on behalf of the tenants and owners of property in the vicinity of the plantation asking Ardrossan Town Council not to proceed with the purchase. The present, they submitted, was a very inopportune time to embark on such a scheme. The property in the neighbourhood was of a superior class and approximated in value to £25000, which would be seriously depreciated by putting the plantation to the use proposed. On the motion of Judge McKellar, it was decided not to accept the recommendation of the joint committee and to disband the committee. The mover suggested that they might take the matter up again when the war was concluded.
Glasgow Herald, 17 March 1915
NAVYMAN DROWNED AT ARDROSSAN
Late on Saturday night two stokers on one of His Majesty's destroyers fell into the harbour. One of the men was immediately rescued by the bluejackets on board, but owing to the darkness they failed to get the other man. On Sunday the body was recovered and identified as that of Stoker Charles Ceiley, a native of Plymouth, whose mother resides at 94 King Street, Plymouth.
Glasgow Herald, 6 April 1915
LAUNCH AT ARDROSSAN
When the Swedish steamer E M Dalgas arrived at Ardrossan for bunkers, the Customs authorities discovered four German Stowaways on board. The men were Joseph Kellner, Robert Fleischaner, Ludvig Dressler, and Hermann Hoppe and had gone on board the vessel at Buenos Aires owing to the fact that they could not find employment in the Argentine. Their intention was evidently to get to a neutral port and get through to Germany. The men were sent to Edinburgh under escort to be interned.
Glasgow Herald, 30 April 1915
The steel screw steamer Wheatsheaf - 162 feet in length, 25 feet in breadth and 9 feet in depth - built by Ardrossan Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company Limited for Spillers Steamship Company Limited, Cardiff, was launched at Ardrossan Harbour.
Glasgow Herald, 17 June 1915
LAUNCH AT ARDROSSAN
Official intimation has been received that two Ardrossan men have been wounded in the recent fighting. Private Thomas Anderson, 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers, son of Thomas Anderson, water manager, was wounded in the head but is recovering; and Private Hugh Dick, son of Mr T Dick, 34 Barr Street, Ardrossan, who is serving with the 1st Black Watch, has been wounded in the leg.
Glasgow Herald, 28 June 1915
SCHOOL PRIZE DAY – ARDROSSAN ACADEMY
The Reverend W D M Sutherland presided and referred to the fact that two members of the board, the clerk, two teachers of the Academy and 133 former pupils were at present serving the country. Mr J W Butters, the rector, said it was interesting to note the large proportion of men on their roll of honour who had obtained commissions or had become non-commissioned officers. During the year the pupils had contributed £40 to the relief funds and the girls had given material and work to the value of £30 for the Belgians.
Glasgow Herald, 1 July 1915
DEATH ON SERVICE
Auld - Killed in action on 1 July, Private Duncan Auld, Highland Light Infantry, aged 22, youngest son of the late J P W Auld, Maxwellton, Ardrossan and of Mrs Auld, 2 Glenavon Terrace, Partick.
Glasgow Herald, 26 July 1915
Withers – Killed in action at the Dardanelles on 28 June, Henry Withers, 1st King's Own Scottish Borderers, aged 20 years, beloved son of the late David and Mrs Withers of Ardrossan and Glasgow.
Glasgow Herald, 26 July 1915
CASUALTY OF WAR
Mrs P Reilly, 21 Kilmahew Street, Ardrossan has been officially notified that her husband, Private P Reilly, has been missing since 28 June. Private Reilly was a reservist and re-joined his regiment, the Dublin Fusiliers, on the outbreak of the war. He was employed at Nobel’s Factory at Ardeer.
Glasgow Herald, 29 July 1915
CHILD KILLED AT ARDROSSAN
On Saturday forenoon (14 August 1915), the six-year-old son of Private John Henry Bell who resides at 40 Kilmahew Street, Ardrossan, was accidently killed on the Caledonian railway line at Ardrossan Harbour. The child, accompanied by three brothers and a sister, had been gathering coal at the Ballast Bank which adjoins the railway line, when some waggons which were being shunted' knocked the child down. Death was instantaneous. The child's father is at present serving in France with his regiment.
Glasgow Herald, 16 August 1915
Intimation has been received by Mr Thomas Conn, baker, Ardrossan, from the Reveerend T Gordon Robertson, Chaplain to the 7th Australian Light Horse, that his son, Trooper William Conn, 6th Australian Light Horse, was killed in action at Gallipoli on 12 July. Trooper Conn went out to Australia three years ago to engage in farming and settled at Scone, New South Wales. When war broke out, he joined the Australian contingent. He was well known in West Kilbride and Craigie where he worked before emigrating.
Glasgow Herald, 20 August 1915
MOTOR LAUNCH SUNK AT ARDROSSAN
An accident occurred at Ardrossan Harbour on Wednesday night (18 August 1915), as a result of which Hugh Hamilton, captain of the Ardrossan tug was drowned. Hamilton, accompanied by John Wylie, a pilot at the harbour, had gone out to the Horse Island (shown below in 2011) in a motor launch, and when returning about eleven o'clock in the darkness struck a rock. The motorboat sank and the men were thrown into the water. Wylie succeeded in scrambling on to the rocks and was rescued a little later by a party of Navy men at the harbour. A diligent search was made for Hamilton but no trace of him could be found. Hamilton was a powerful swimmer and it is supposed that he was either injured by the impact or carried out to sea by the strong current which runs at this point. He had been employed at the harbour for many years and was well known on the coast.
Glasgow Herald, 20 August 1915
Intimation has been received by Mrs Murphy, 33 Glasgow Street, Ardrossan, that her son, Private John Murphy, 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers, has died of wounds received on 16 June. He was a reservist and had been in France since August 1914. Prior to being called up, he was employed at Nobel's Factory at Ardeer.
Glasgow Herald, 3 September 1915
ARRIVALS AT ARDROSSAN HOSPITAL
Ardrossan men have suffered severely in France and already over a dozen have been reported in the casualty list.
Mrs Whitehill, 75 Glasgow Street, Ardrossan, has been notified that her husband Trumpeter-Major T Whitehill, 3rd Scottish Horse, has been wounded in action. Trumpeter-Major Whitehill was formerly in the 5th Dragoon Guards and served in India. He re-enlisted in August 1914. When the Scottish Horse were inspected by His Majesty before going abroad, he acted as King's Trumpeter.
Lance Corporal David Berry, 8th Gordon Highlanders, son of Sergeant Berry, Ardrossan, has been wounded by a bullet in the knee.
Private William Dick, 9th Black Watch, whose parents reside at Barr Place, has been wounded.
Private James Carson, 6th Battalion Cameron Highlanders, son of Mr James Carson, Stationmaster, Caledonian Railway, Ardrossan, has been wounded. He was formerly employed in the locomotive department of the Caledonian Railway at Polmadie.
Private Ross McEwan, whose mother resides at 25 Winton Street, has been wounded. He came from Canada to join the Black Watch and was serving with the 8th Battalion.
Private A Greer, son of Mrs Greer, 44 Glasgow Street, who was serving with the 11th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, is reported wounded. He was formerly employed as a blacksmith with the Ardrossan Shipyard Company.
Private John Barclay, 9th Black Watch, whose mother resides at 2 Seton Street, sends a field postcard stating that he has been wounded and is now in hospital.
Private Tom Lightbody, Highland Light Infantry, sends a field postcard to his mother who lives in Barr Place, stating that he was wounded.
Private Archie Boyd, 9th Battalion Black Watch, son of Mr James Boyd, Hill Place, is reported wounded.
Private Archie Murchie, whose mother resides at Dock Gates, Ardrossan, is reported by a companion as being wounded.
Sergeant James Raymond Laughland, son of James Laughland, 19 South Crescent, Ardrossan, was serving with the 11th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and is reported by the Chaplain, the Reverend Charles Lamont, Ardrossan, to have been wounded. In the same letter the Reverend C Lamont states that Private John Christie, Lauriston, was gassed and that Private Boyd Goodwin, son of Mr Robert Goodwin, formerly a contractor in Ardrossan, has been wounded.
Glasgow Herald, 2 October 1915
Mr James Carson, Caledonian Stationmaster, Ardrossan, has been advised that his youngest son, Signalman R M Carson (11882), 6th Royal Scots Fusiliers, has been admitted to hospital in Manchester, having been wounded in the right thigh. Signalman Carson is in his twenty-first year and joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers in August last. He was formerly employed by the Caledonian Railway Company at Saltcoats Station.
Glasgow Herald, 5 October 1915
During the week the following wounded soldiers have been admitted to the Ardrossan Military Hospital.
1494 Private Alexander Tavendale, 3/6th Highland Light Infantry
10578 Corporal George Carrington, 1st Royal Scots
11066 Private Henry Cowan, 1st Royal Fusiliers
3378 Private George Coutts, 2/4th Gordon Highlanders
3680 Private James Stephen, 2/4th Gordon Highlanders
2293 Sapper Hugh Morton, 2nd Royal Engineers
2566 Private Ronald Dickson, 2/6th Royal Highlanders
3476 Private Thomas Gilmour, 19th Highland Light Infantry and
17881 Private Andrew Walterston, 1st King's Own Scottish Borderers
Glasgow Herald, 9 October 1915
ARRIVALS AT ARDROSSAN HOSPITAL
The name of ten additional Ardrossan men have been notified this week in the list of casualties.
Mrs Roxburgh, 6 Eglinton Road, Ardrossan, has received official notice that her son, Lance Corporal James Roxburgh, 6th Black Watch, died in the First Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, on 30 September from wounds sustained in action. Lance Corporal Roxburgh was 21 years of age and was an engineer.
Mr Carson, station-master, Caledonian Railway, Ardrossan, has been notified that his son, Robert Carson, 6th Royal Scots Fusiliers, is in hospital in Moston. Mr Carson's eldest son was wounded in the same action.
Sergeant T A McConnell, Roselle, Ardrossan, who was serving with the 5th Cameron Highlanders, has been wounded and is now in hospital in Rouen.
Duncan Gardiner, son of Mr William Gardiner, Cemetery Lodge, was wounded. He was in the 9th Black Watch.
James McDowell, 9th Black Watch, whose father resides at 11 Herald Street, has been wounded. He is in a Manchester hospital.
Company Sergeant-Major Adams, 7th Cameron Highlanders, was wounded in the right arm. He was formerly employed by Messrs G and J Burns, Ardrossan. During the last Balkan War, he served with the Scottish Red Cross Contingent.
Lance Corporal Archibald K Walker, Church Place, Ardrossan, who was in the 2nd Gordon Highlanders, has been wounded in the right leg.
Piper Dugald Dow, Cameron Highlanders, was gassed in the recent action. He was formerly employed at the Herald Office, Ardrossan.
Andrew Murchie, son of the late Captain Murchie, Harbour, Ardrossan, has been wounded and is in hospital in Edgebaston, Birmingham.
John Robertson, whose wife resides at 1 King's Close, West Kilbride, has been wounded in the back and is in hospital in France. He was serving with the 9th Black Watch.
Glasgow Herald, 9 October 1915
Mrs Crawford, 18 Princes Place, Ardrossan, has received official intimation that her son, David Crawford, was killed at Gallipoli on 22 September. He was serving with the 4th Royal Scots Fusiliers.
Glasgow Herald, 15 October 1915
Mr John Anderson, Water Manager, 25 Winton Street, Ardrossan, has received official notice that his son, George Anderson, 8th Black Watch, has been killed in action in France. Prior to enlisting Private Anderson was employed in Ardrossan Shipyard.
Glasgow Herald, 16 October 1915
Sergeant Charles G Anderson, 8th Black Watch, has been killed in France. Sergeant Anderson, who was a native of Ardrossan, was a grandson of the late Bailie John Anderson. Prior to enlisting he was a member of the Perthshire Constabulary Force and was stationed at Dunblane. He leaves a widow.
Mrs Doherty, 13 Herald Street, Ardrossan, has been officially notified that her husband Patrock Doherty, 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers, was killed in France on 30 September. Prior to enlisting last October, Private Doherty was employed as a craneman at the harbour.
Glasgow Herald, 16 October 1915
Mrs Clinton, 81 Princes Street, Ardrossan, has received a letter from the Reverend W Crawford, chaplain to the 8th Seaforth Highlanders, stating that her son Thomas Clinton was killed in action in France on 28 September. Private Clinton, who was twenty-three years of age, joined the 8th Seaforth Highlanders in September 1914. He was formerly employed as a carpenter with the Ardrossan Shipbuilding Company.
Glasgow Herald, 21 October 1915
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
It has frequently been said - I venture to think wrongly - that the churches have not been sufficiently in touch with the people in regard to the war and therefore religion has suffered. Now, surely, a great opportunity presents itself to each clergyman of whatever denomination to free himself from this aspersion by calling congregations together throughout the length and breadth of the land to express their horror and indignation at the cold-blooded murder of that noble Englishwoman, Miss Cavell, who laid down her life for her countrymen. As the Bishop of London in his sermon last Thursday so well said, "The sinking of the Lusitania will always stand out as one of the greatest crimes in history, although if I mistake not, the cold-blooded murder of a poor English girl deliberately shot by a German officer for harbouring some poor refugees will run it hard in the opinion of the civilised world. There is no young man in England today who will sit still under this monstrous wrong. Could anyone sit down under this crime?"
I am et cetera
Glasgow Herald, 26 October 1915
William Smyth, aged 23, 10th Highland Light Infantry, who was employed by the Ardrossan Harbour Company prior to the war, has been killed in action in France.
Glasgow Herald, 29 October 1915
Miss Smyth, 29 Montgomerie Street, Ardrossan, has received official intimation that her brother, William Smyth (940), 10th Highland Light Infantry, has been killed in action in France. Private Smyth, prior to enlisting, was employed at Ardrossan Harbour and joined the army in November.
Glasgow Herald, 30 October 1915
Mr Killen, Alpine Terrace, Ardrossan, has received official notice that his son Duncan Killin, 9th Battalion Black Watch, who was formerly reported wounded, was killed in action in France on 25 September. Prior to enlisting, he was employed as a fireman on the Caledonian Railway at Ardrossan.
Glasgow Herald, 6 November 1915
Official intimation has been received of the death in action on September 25 of Robert Kerr, 9th Black Watch, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Duncan Kerr, 170 Glasgow Street, Ardrossan. Prior to enlisting, he was employed in the goods department of the Caledonian Railway Company.
Glasgow Herald, 10 November 1915
The sister, Mrs McLune, Riccarton Mill Cottage, Hurlford, of Lance Corporal James Leslie, 9th Black Watch, has been informed that he was killed in France on 25 September. He was a guard on the Glasgow and South-Western Railway. He was twenty-six years of age, unmarried, and resided in Ardrossan. He was a native of Oatlands district of Glasgow. Two younger brothers are with the colours.
Glasgow Herald, 10 November 1915
LAUNCH AT ARDROSSAN
The steel screw steamer Joffre – 115 feet in length, 26 feet in breadth and 11 feet in depth – built by Ardrossan Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company Limited for Lawson Steam Tug-Boat Company Limited, Newcastle, was launched.
Glasgow Herald, 22 November 1915
WILLS AND ESTATES
Mr Archibald Surrie, formerly of Ardrossan and late of 10 Marldon Avenue, Great Crosby, near Liverpool, retired Board of Trade engineer surveyor, left estate valued at £2896 18s 7d gross.
Glasgow Herald, 26 November 1915
FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT
On Friday night, while crossing the Caledonian railway line at Ardrossan Harbour, John Barbour, Glasgow Street, Ardrossan, was knocked down by a goods train and instantaneously killed. He was eighty-two years of age, and was at one time draughtsman in Messrs Barclay’s yard at Ardrossan and afterwards was foreman carpenter for many years in the Ardrossan shipyard when it was owned by Messrs Barr and Shearer.
Glasgow Herald, 29 November 1915
Mrs Ramsay, 20 Harbour Place, Ardrossan, has received intimation that her son, Private Mark Ramsay, has been wounded by a bomb in France and is at present in the base hospital.
Glasgow Herald, 3 December 1915
DEATH OF ARDROSSAN DOCTOR
On Saturday afternoon the death took place at his residence, Bath Villa, Ardrossan, of Doctor John Allan. Doctor Allan, who was in his 57th year, was a native of Glasgow, and was one of six brothers, all doctors. Doctor Allan spent a good many years in South Africa; and during the Boer War held a commission as Major in a battalion raised by the mine-owners for the protection of the mines in the Johannesburg district. For a number of years, he had been resident in Ardrossan where he was in partnership with his brother, Doctor Robert Allan. On the outbreak of the war, Doctor John organised the Ardrossan Red Cross Hospital of which he was the honorary commandant up to the time of his death. He leaves a widow and three of a family, the elder being at present in France with the Commercial Battalion, Highland Light Infantry.
Glasgow Herald, 6 December 1915
Mr and Mrs John Muir, Burnanne House, Wallace Street, Galston have received word of the death of their eldest son, Corporal J Wilfrid Muir, 7th Seaforths. It is only two weeks since Corporal Muir returned to France after enjoying six days' leave. He was shot through the head by a sniper. Corporal Muir, who was twenty-two years of age, was a journalist. For some time he was on the staff of the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald and had just received an appointment on the staff of the Kirkintilloch Herald when he joined Kitchener's Army. Another son of Mr and Mrs Muir is in the Cameron Highlanders.
Glasgow Herald, 21 December 1915