Home on leave Villagers in Gartmore welcomed home on leave Pte James Barrowman,who was back with his family for 10 days.
It was his second period of leave during 18 months’ active service in France.
Pte WM McAdam and Pte RB McLean, both Black Watch, were also on furlough.
Deserters steal from farms Three Army deserters were blamed for a crime wave in which farms were raided and food stolen.
The first raid occurred in Killin and it was followed by others in Callander and Lochearnhead. Lerrocks Farm and Watson Farm, both in the Doune area, were targeted and from the latter the thieves stole mutton.
Other farms visited were Burnbank and Spittleton, also near Doune, where butter, cheese and tea were missing.
The thieves were caught soon afterwards and taken from Doune to Perth.
Fifty Doune volunteers The Observer’s Doune correspondent reported that the village’s volunteer unit, one of a number formed to protect the country in the event of invasion, now numbered 50.
They were put through squad and platoon drill by instructor Sgt Moir.
A further three members were sworn in by Provost McAnish and two Army regulations documents were read out by KS Murray, Deanston Schoolhouse, who was secretary of the local force.
The Observer said the home guard unit were making satisfactory progress and likely to become “thoroughly effective soldiers”.
Killed in action Official word was received that Pte George W Jones, from Menstrie, had been killed in action during the advance of Kut, Mesopatamia.
Pte Jones, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, joined the Army in April, 1916, having previously worked as a machinist with William Angus & Co, furniture manufacturer.
He was 31 and a widower, his wife having died after he joined up. They had no children.
John Stewart, traveller, Dean Crescent, Stirling, was his brotherin-law.
Pte Jones was well known in social and football circles in Alva and district.
He came from Glasgow but his father and mother hailed from Cardiff.
Married 70 years Mr and Mrs Malcolm McGregor, Arden Cottage, Loch Lomondside, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
The couple, both natives of Loch Lomondside were married on February 12, 1847, in Luss Parish Church.
Mrs McGregor was 97 and her husband was said to be “about 97”. He was for 58 years a forester on the Arden Estate.
A number of their descendants were on active service.