PLAY YOUR PART IN PRE­SERV­ING LO­CAL HIS­TORY

The Oban Times - - THE GREAT WAR -

Ev­ery­one at The Oban Times is proud that so many fam­i­lies still have First World War news­pa­per cut­tings to this day.

Of­ten the news­pa­per printed off ex­tra copies of the proofs of the sto­ries to give to fam­ily mem­bers.

When a tailor em­ployed by Chalmers of Oban, James Yuill Turn­bull, serv­ing with 3rd La­nark Vol­un­teer Bat­tal­ion of the Camero­ni­ans was posthu­mously awarded the VC for his ac­tions in se­cur­ing a ma­chine gun post on the first day of the Bat­tle of the Somme, on July 1, 1916, Authuille, France, copies of the re­port were also printed on card for dis­tri­bu­tion.

Each page of The Oban Times is packed full of his­tory and this sup­ple­ment can only just scratch the sur­face. All the way from Man­i­toba, Canada, He­len Dalling, the grand­daugh­ter of David Ness has sent a clip­ping from The Oban Times from May 1915.

David Ness lost his eye in France in the

First World War, but as He­len says: ‘He

If you want to know more, a good place is www.scot­landswar.ed.ac.uk/Ar­gyl­lBute/ which in­cludes, amongst many things, ex­cel­lent coverage about the Taynuilt area.

Lo­cal war memo­ri­als are an in­stant piece of his­tory.

The Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum is com­pil­ing the War Memo­ri­als Regis­ter – the com­pre­hen­sive na­tional regis­ter of UK war memo­ri­als and the names of the in­di­vid­u­als they com­mem­o­rate. It cur­rently holds records for over 78,000memo­ri­als in the UK, Chan­nel Is­lands and Isle of Man.

Many West High­land memo­ri­als are listed and you can help com­plete this im­por­tant project by vol­un­teer­ing your time.

Visit www.iwm.org.uk/memo­ri­als to find out more. still lived to the ripe old age of nearly 92! I’m send­ing you greetings from Man­i­toba, Canada.’

The man in charge of get­ting this news into print was David’s fa­ther, Wal­ter Ness, who was fore­man printer for The Oban Times.

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