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Stirling Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

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.

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