For­mer DC Thom­son jour­nal­ist Dick Stra­chan, aged 81

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

For­mer Dundee jour­nal­ist Dick Stra­chan has died in Roxburghe House at the age of 81.

Mr Stra­chan joined DC Thom­son in Au­gust 1952, on the staff of the Rover and, apart from two years’ na­tional ser­vice and five years on the sports desk of the Even­ing Tele­graph and Sport­ing Post, served on most of the boys’ pa­pers.

Al­ways keen on sport, Dick was tal­ent spot­ted by Hawkhill Har­ri­ers when he was Dundee Bat­tal­ion Boys’ Brigade Ath­let­ics Cham­pion. He then be­came Hawk’s club sec­re­tary, then district sec­re­tary for the North East AAA, help­ing re­vive com­pet­i­tive walk­ing with the two mass races from Perth to Dundee in the early 1960s.

His na­tional ser­vice was spent as an In­tel­li­gence Corps Field Se­cu­rity NCO in the Suez Canal Zone be­fore the Bri­tish troops with­drew in 1956. On de­mob he con­tin­ued as an In­tel­li­gence Corps re­servist in the Ter­ri­to­rial Army, pro­gress­ing from cor­po­ral in the 51st HD Counter In­tel­li­gence Pla­toon to Reg­i­men­tal Sergeant Ma­jor of the whole of the UK In­tel­li­gence Corps.

Mr Stra­chan was a mem­ber of the Dundee Press and Aber­tay golf clubs.

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