Parents receive the dreaded news
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.