Pop­u­lar sol­dier dies from malaria

Stirling Observer - - FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY -

A Doune sol­dier, said to have ‘all the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Bri­tish Tommy’, died of malar­ial fever while serv­ing in Pales­tine.

The death of Sgt Michael ‘Mick’ Man­ning brought great sad­ness to the area, the Ob­server wrote.

‘He was in some re­spects the most pop­u­lar sol­dier in our midst,’ the pa­per con­tin­ued. ‘He could tell a story with great zest.

‘He was al­ways of a cheer­ful dis­po­si­tion and con­veyed the im­pres­sion of be­ing brave and re­source­ful in a tight place.’

Sgt Man­ning joined the Army in the early years of the war and for some time served in France where he was awarded the Dis­tin­guished Con­duct Medal.

Dur­ing his last stay in Doune he was suf­fer­ing from the ef­fects of gas poi­son­ing.

The sergeant was de­ployed to Pales­tine two years ear­lier. He left a daugh­ter and two sons, one whom had joined the Army shortly be­fore his death.

Sgt Man­ning was laid to rest in Jerusalem.

Deanston was mourn­ing the death of Sec­ond Lieu­tenant James Ste­wart, who suc­cumbed to wounds to the head and leg sus­tained in a ‘fierce en­gage­ment’ in France.

He had been in the Army al­most since the out­set of the war and for much of that time in the non­com­mis­sioned ranks.

He was ed­u­cated at Deanston School and, said the Ob­server, all who knew Lt Ste­wart found him to be a ‘young man of su­pe­rior char­ac­ter and pro­nounced abil­ity’.

He was the younger brother of Mr Peter Ste­wart, Fourth Di­vi­sion, Deanston.

Vil­lagers in Doune wel­comed home on leave Pte John Ste­wart and a Pri­vate Camp­bell.

Pte Ste­wart, son of Mr Robert Ste­wart, Doune Mill, was for­merly a porter at Doune Rail­way Sta­tion. He had been in France fo a year.

Pte Camp­bell was one of the vil­lage’s ‘oldest vet­eran sol­diers’ and had been on ac­tive ser­vice since the first year of the war.

His son, also in the Army, had been on fur­lough a few months ear­lier.

‘To­gether they have done well by their King and coun­try,’ said the Ob­server.

Back in Kip­pen for well-earned leave were L/Cpl An­drew Kerr, Royal Engi­neers , Pte Tom Kerr, Royal Gar­ri­son Ar­tillery and Sgt Wil­liam McAl­lan, Army Ord­nance Corp.

Pte R Leckie , Black Watch, was on sick leave in the vil­lage.

Re­turn­ing to Buch­lyvie for 14 days’ leave was Pte Ber­tie Mid­dle­ton, Ma­chine Gun Corp who have been away for 12 months.

Dur­ing that time he had been in­volved in the fight­ing in Egypt, Pales­tine and France.

Peo­ple in Aber­foyle learned sol­dier from the vil­lage Pte Ge­orge Wil­son was ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal suf­fer­ing from gas poi­son­ing.

Robert Thom­son, a short time ear­lier wounded in ac­tion, was home on sick leave.

In Gart­more, Sgt JL Ure and Pte Wil­liam More, both Scot­tish Horse, and Sgt Mal­colm Mc­Gre­gor, Black Watch, were home on leave.

Pte Peter McLean, Me­chan­i­cal Trans­port, had a month’s sick leave.

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