Minister’s son reported dead
A Strathblane minister learned his elder son had died in the fighting. Sgt Wilfred Blake Moyes, Royal West Surrey Regiment , suffered fatal wounds on March 26, 1918. The 30-year-old son of Rev WB Moyes had seen much fighting since joining the Highland Light Infantry before transfer to the West Surrey regiment. He had also been awarded the Military Medal.
Pte John Bond, who had left Deanston a few months earlier to undergo training at a Reserve Camp, was before departure presented with a wrist watch by members of Doune Episcopal Church as a“token of their esteem and appreciation of his services as a member of the church”.
Peter Buchanan, a former well known Callander footballer, was reported to be a prisoner-of-war in Germany. He was, said the Observer of 100 years ago, connected with Rob Roy in its heyday and played alongside club stalwarts such as David Henderson and JamesWilkie. He later captained Edinburgh team St Bernard.
In Croftamie, a ceremony took place at the public school at which Sgt John Robertson, A&SH, was presented by the Duke of Montrose with a“handsome” gold watch, chain and pendant in recognition of his award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal. The gift was handed over by the Duke on behalf of the people of Croftamie, Drymen and Loch Lomondside.
The Observer reported that Spanish flu – the ailment that led to a global pandemic in 1918-19 – was“rife”in Bannockburn, particularly among miners, and there had been a large number of absences from pits in the area.
On the home front, the death was reported of one of the country’s few remaining veterans of the Crimean War. Ex-detective Henry Douglas, formerly of Glasgow Police, died at his home at Netherton, Blanefield, in his 86th year. He enlisted in the 79th (Cameron) Highlanders shortly before the start of the Crimean War, fought between 1853 and 1856, and took part in the battles of Alma and Sevestapol. After his discharge from the Army, he joined the police and was posted to Glasgow’s Northern Division where he was promoted to detective. He retired 20 years earlier but was in his day“probably the best known man in Northern”.
In Gargunnock, a motor van belonging to Messrs Cowbrough and Mercer, Stirling, was involved in an accident in which a child was hurt. The van was parked on a steep part of Main Street when, it was thought, the vibration of the engine forced it to roll back on to the pavement, knocking down three-year-old John Fisher who suffered a fractured arm.
Dunblane Rovers FC finished their season having won 15 of their 27 matches with eight lost and four drawn. The free-scoring outfit banged in 132 goals, an average of almost five goals a game, but conceded 80.
Six Plean youngsters, aged between nine and 12, appeared at the Children’s Court charged with having in July 2, 1918, in a field at Gallamuir Farm , occupied by Mr John Edmond, maliciously damaged seven coils of hay by climbing on them and knocking the hay down. The boys admitted the offence and Sheriff Dean Leslie fined each five shillings.