From The Oban Times, 1914

The Oban Times - - HERITAGE -

The Oban Times re­ported on Novem­ber 14, 1914: ‘Since their en­camp­ment on Sal­is­bury Plain in the South of Eng­land, mem­bers of the mil­i­tary con­tin­gent from Canada have been fa­mil­iar fig­ures through­out the coun­try. It is al­most need­less to say that, among these gal­lant sol­diers from the great Bri­tish Do­min­ion across the At­lantic, there is a strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion of lo­cal High­landers, and con­sid­er­able in­ter­est was man­i­fested on the ar­rival in Oban of four mem­bers of the con­tin­gent, who are na­tives of the town.

‘Their names are Hugh Macin­tyre, son of Mr John Macin­tyre, ma­son, Argyll Square; Duncan Scott, son of Mr Don­ald Scott, burgh fore­man; Duncan Fisher, son of Mr Robert Fisher, to­bac­conist, Com­bie Street; and Duncan MacColl, who is a brother of Mr John MacColl, ma­son, in the em­ploy­ment of John Munro, Ltd.

‘A splen­did spirit of pa­tri­o­tism per­vades this mag­nif­i­cent force, and the fine mil­i­tary car­riage of the Oban rep­re­sen­ta­tives was the sub­ject of gen­eral com­ment. In most cases, the fur­lough has been con­fined to a pe­riod of four days, but the men are de­lighted at hav­ing had the op­por­tu­nity, brief though it was, of see­ing their par­ents and friends, and re­new­ing old as­so­ci­a­tions.’

BBC Alba were film­ing at the com­mem­o­ra­tion cer­e­mony and broad­cast footage on its news pro­gramme.

Hugh Macin­tyre.

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