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.
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.
Explosions were a constant danger in the mining industry. The Woodhorn Colliery disaster on August 13 1916 claimed the lives of 13 men, the youngest of whom was just 21. At an inquest the blast was likened to the effect of exploding shells in the trenches of World War I.
A world-famous singer and comedian, Sir Harry Lauder spend some of his childhood in Arbroath. By 1911 he was considered one of the highest-paid theatrical acts in Britain. It was believed that the 1916 Dundee concert would be his last in the city, though Sir harry continued to tour into the 1930s
Parts of Courier Country are no stranger to flooding.
With the war still raging, men returned to Britain from all corners of the globe to sign up. John Chalmers gave up a good position in India in order to enlist.
In 1916 cinema-goers in Britain were given a chance to see what life was really like on the front lines.
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.