Eighty years after Britain declared war on Nazi Germany and entered the Second World War, Michael Alexander delves into The Courier archives to see how the build up to war was being reported and how, even before hostilities began, ordinary peoples’ lives were being affected.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Right Rev Dr Russell Barr, has retraced the steps of “courageous” Dundee woman Minnie Watson who helped lay the foundations of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. Michael Alexander reports on an extraordinary legacy.
A horse pulling a Dundee bus had its leg nearly severed after being hit by a car. The driver of the bus was thrown from the vehicle by the impact. Traffic was also held up as the animal was lying across the tram tracks.
One of Dundee’s many industries was whaling. The industry decline from the 1880s onwards, finally ending in 1914. Captain William Adam had traveled to the Arctic on whalers before joining the Dundee, Perth and Liverpool Shipping Company, better known today as DP&L.
In the modern Courier, sports news can conveniently be found on the back pages. In 1916 it was scattered throughout the paper. This piece from page 4 was surrounded by stories relating to the ongoing war effort and discusses Dundee FC’s upcoming season.