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.
A man died after being hit by a train near Crieff. William McTavish was spotted on the line but the train driver was unable to stop in time.
An argument in a Dunfermline fish and chip shop led to the death of a disabled musician. David McFarlane suffered stab wounds to the neck in the street brawl.
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.
A soldier was jailed for a month after attacking a comrade with a razor. Neil McLauchlin needed 12 stitches in his arm after the attack. The Sheriff remarked that a more fitting sentence would be to sent John Ferger to the front.
In 1916 cinema-goers in Britain were given a chance to see what life was really like on the front lines.
A teacher tried to claim he would “forfeit his humanity” if he were to go and fight. Robert McIntosh also said he was “indispensable” to the Dundee school board.
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.
The most famous group of footballers to sign up are the Hearts players who joined McCrae’s Battalion. However across the country players from other teams also joined the ranks. On this day in 1916, The Courier reported the death of Dunfermline half-back (midfielder) David Izzat.