Par­ents re­ceive the dreaded news

Stirling Observer - - FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY -

It was a bad week for the par­ents of our sol­dier boys, the Ob­server cor­re­spon­dent in Strath­blane and Blanefield wrote 100 years ago.

Re­ported killed was Pte Wil­liam McLin­tock, serv­ing with the Cana­dian con­tin­gent, whose fa­ther, Robert, was man­ager of Blanefield Print­works for sev­eral years. Pte McLin­tock left the par­ish for Canada when he was young.

Pte AL Scott, who was born in the par­ish, was the sec­ond vic­tim. The 27-year-old’s fa­ther, David, was game­keeper at Craigal­lan and at the time of en­list­ment was em­ployed with Mr GS Rus­sell at Car­luke.

Sec­ond Lt Philip Bin­nie, Scot­tish Ri­fles, was killed in ac­tion on Septem­ber 25, 1917.

He was the son of Mrs Bin­nie, of Cordiner Street, Mount Florida and Park Ter­race, Strath­blane.

The 28-year-old Leith-born lieu­tenant worked for a Glas­gow tea mer­chants be­fore join­ing the Glas­gow High­landers and trans­fer­ring to the Scot­tish Ri­fles.

An ar­dent church worker, he was also in­volved with the Glas­gow Foundry Boys So­ci­ety.

He had spent a short hol­i­day in Strath­blane a few months be­fore he fell.

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