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The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

“In the col­umn of Jan­uary 9 you re­ported that reader Anne Brown has been re­search­ing her rel­a­tive, John Reid, who died of wounds in Novem­ber 1917 while serv­ing with the Royal En­gi­neers,” emails Dundee reader Ian Mc­Craw.

“The me­mo­rial plaque in Al­bert Square Church, which she men­tioned, was un­veiled on Sun­day, July 2, 1920 by the Duke of Atholl be­fore a ca­pac­ity con­gre­ga­tion. This con­gre­ga­tion was orig­i­nally the Gaelic Chapel.

“The plaque listed, in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der, the names of 39 men of the con­gre­ga­tion killed in the Great War. I was in­ter­ested to see that John Reid’s name was fol­lowed by that of An­drew San­de­man, my mother’s cousin, killed at the Bat­tle of Loos in 1915, aged 18.

“An­drew’s name is one of 917 that ap­pear on the Black Watch Me­mo­rial in Dundee Par­ish Church (St Mary’s).

“There is also a me­mo­rial in St Mary’s to the mem­bers of the 205th (1st Dundee) Field Com­pany of the Royal En­gi­neers, in which John Reid served, who gave their lives in the 1914-1918 War.

“Al­bert Square Church is one of the con­gre­ga­tions that, through unions, is now rep­re­sented by Mead­ow­side St Paul’s Church, Nether­gate.

“The memo­ri­als from the sev­eral con­gre­ga­tions were re­placed by a Book of Re­mem­brance pre­pared by the artist, Ian Turner, and kept be­fore the con­gre­ga­tion on a lectern.

“I ex­pect that Anne Brown would be made very wel­come in the two churches to in­spect the memo­ri­als.”

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