St Andrews University has had a number of famous rectors over the years. Those who have held the post include playwright JM Barrie and Monty Python star John Cleese. In 1916 Sir Douglas Haig, commander of the British Army during the Battle of the Somme, was awarded the honour.
They say that today’s news is tomorrow’s chip paper.
The Tay Bridge recently celebrated it’s 50th anniversary, but before its advent many depended on the ferries to cross the river. In 1916 the rivermen demanded a five shilling pay rise or they would stop work.
The first solo flight of a Montrose aviator ended in tragedy. John Morison (as his grave spells his surname) was 19, not 21, when he passed away on October 13. He is buried in Sleepyhillock cemetery.
The president of the recently-founded Dundee Dental School vowed to make it the foremost training centre for the profession. The dental school had for the past year been treating soldiers returning from the trenches. Degrees at the facility were handed out from the University of St Andrews.
At a remote point near Carnoustie, the remains of an “old” man were washed up. While it was guessed that he was in his 60s, locals were unable to identify him further. This led to The Courier printing a detailed description of his clothing in a bid to identify him.
Parts of Courier Country are no stranger to flooding.
Major William La Touche Congreve was married for just seven weeks before he was killed in battle.
In 1916 the RAF was in its infancy. Then known as the Royal Flying Corps, it had been formed just four years earlier. The new technology did pose new challenges – finding suitably qualified mechanics for one – but Britain’s air fleet was emerging as a superior force over the Germans.
Today’s Courier of 1916 featured another forgotten display of heroics. Arbroath FC player David Fyffe remained at his post, despite it being targetted by a sniper. He was eventually hit and later died of his wounds.