Let­ters to the edi­tor

The Oban Times - - THE GREAT WAR -

Through­out the war a con­stant stream of let­ters to the edi­tor flowed into the pa­per. It could be thanks from troops for send­ing copies of the pa­per or parcels of ‘comforts’; let­ters urg­ing peo­ple to help sup­port the wounded, urg­ing women to join up for war work or mu­ni­tions; ad­vice for farm­ers and fishermen or just a good old grum­ble.

The work taking place on build­ing an im­proved road to the Kin­lochleven smelter, vi­tal for ar­ma­ments, was con­sid­ered an out­ra­geous blot on the High­land land­scape by many.

In the lat­ter stages of the war the sheer num­ber of dead and wounded over­whelmed the sys­tem and many peo­ple were left for months and years not know­ing whether loved ones were dead or alive or where bod­ies might have been buried.

Heart­break­ing ap­peals, of just name, rank num­ber and reg­i­ment along with last known sight­ings ap­peared for months af­ter the end of the war. Some peo­ple never found out. A LET­TER OF THANKS FROM THE AP­PIN MEN [TO THE EDI­TOR OF ‘THE OBAN TIMES’] Salonica Army, 26th Feb.,


Sir, I should be glad if you would in in­sert this let­ter of thanks in your pa­per. A par­cel ar­rived for the Ap­pin men here. There was no name or ad­dress enclosed, so we can­not per­son­ally thank the donors. Your pa­per is the only medium through which we can con­vey our thanks for a very kind and wel­come gift. The proper men re­ceived the ar­ti­cles, and the mes­sages from their own coun­try­side was fully ap­pre­ci­ated by them. Such gifts help the men in the field. They work bet­ter when they know they are re­mem­bered at home, – I am etc.,


[TO THE EDI­TOR OF ‘THE OBAN TIMES’] Dunol­lie, Oban, Mar 20 1917 Sir, Will you al­low me to bring to the no­tice of your read­ers the great need for a con­stant sup­ply of fresh eggs for our wounded men who are daily ar­riv­ing in hos­pi­tals. Will every poultry keeper put aside some eggs reg­u­larly for the wounded?

Th­ese men have risked their lives, their all, and are sent to the coun­try to be nursed back to health and strength. We now have our lo­cal hospi­tal – Dun­gal­lan Aux­il­iary Red Cross Hospi­tal – to which at present 10 dozen eggs per week are sent from this dept.

Over 23,000 eggs passed through this de­pot last year and most grate­ful thanks are due to those who have done their ut­most to keep up a sup­ply dur­ing the win­ter, es­pe­cially to the peo­ple of North Uist who have given lib­er­ally dur­ing the most dif­fi­cult months.

Eggs sent to me at Dunol­lie, Oban, will be promptly packed and for­warded and official re­ceipts sent to the donors. Eggs are car­ried free by coaches and steamer to this dept.

I am, etc.,

Colina E MacDougall of MacDougall.

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