NON-FOOTBALL STORIES 1915
While looking through old documents, it is almost inevitable that the reader's attention will be drawn from the intended target to other articles. The reports below were found in an old Glasgow Herald newspapers. Although they have no football content, they may be of interest.
Young-Bain - At 17 Walker Street, Paisley, on 31 December by the Reverend H Morton Dunlop, Canal Street, United Free Church, John Young, Engineer, Iloilo, Philippine Islands, to Jean Hamilton, daughter of the late John Bain, Ardrossan.
Glasgow Herald, 4 January 1915
CASES AT ARDROSSAN MILITARY HOSPITAL
Six wounded soldiers have been added to those at present undergoing treatment at the Ardrossan Red Cross Military Hospital. Two of the new arrivals experienced very severe weather conditions in Flanders and are suffering from frostbite. The names of the soldiers are Private William Bartlett, 2nd Devonshire Regiment; J Brophy, 2nd Highland Light Infantry W Gratton, 1st King's Scottish Light Infantry, C McBlane, 2nd Royal Scots; J McAulay, 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers and H White, 7th Scottish Rifles.
Glasgow Herald, 19 January 1915
ARDROSSAN HARBOUR AND BURGH ASSESSMENT
Ardrossan Town Council have had under consideration the present practice of exempting the Ardrossan Harbour Company from payment of the burgh general assessment, the special sewer rate and the public water rate. The valuation of the harbour is over £10000 and the total of the rates on which they are present exempted is 3s 5¼d per £1. After considering the legal position of the Harbour Company and the subjects within the harbour area, it was agreed to prepare a memorial to be submitted to senior and junior counsel for their opinion upon the powers of the Council to assess the Harbour Company for those rates under the Council Act.
Glasgow Herald, 20 January 1915
ALIEN SENTENCED AT KILMARNOCK
A somewhat remarkable case under the Aliens Restriction (Consolidation) Order was heard at Kilmarnock yesterday before Sheriff Robertson. Ernest Richard Wilhelm Wagner, fireman on the steamship Else of Aalborg, Denmark, was charged with having reported to the Aliens Officer at Ardrossan that he was born in Holland, whereas he was born in Germany. He pleaded guilty and in a statement written in German declared that he had been out of work in Pensacola, America, and was starving. He got the opportunity of a berth on the Else, representing himself as a Dutchman. He had read in the German newspapers in New York that German prisoners in England were badly treated and that no ship would take a German seaman. In a reply to the Sheriff, the accused said he had been in the German Navy for nearly five years, for over three years as a torpedo overseer but he went to America without permission and was liable to imprisonment if he went back to Germany. He was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment and it was stated that he would probably be arrested as a prisoner of war on the expiry of that term.
Glasgow Herald, 26 January 1915
NAVAL FUNERAL AT ARDROSSAN
Yesterday afternoon the funeral took place at Ardrossan of A B Kelly of one of His Majesty’s destroyers who met his death by accident on Friday (19 February 1915). He was a native of Skibbereen, County Cork. The funeral was conducted with full military honours, the band of the 5th Royal Scots Fusiliers being present and the members of the vessel to which Kelly was attached. The coffin was wrapped in a Union Jack and at the graveside the service was conducted by the Reverend Father Galloucher, assisted by the Reverend Father Power. Thereafter three volleys were fired by the marines and the party returned to the harbour.
Glasgow Herald, 24 February 1915
ARDROSSAN ACADEMY TEACHERS' SALARIES
Arising out of an action of the Ardrossan School Board in granting a £10 increase of salary to a teacher in order to retain his services when he received an appointment from Keith School Board, a petition was sent in to the meeting of the Board by the teachers of the higher grade department of Ardrossan Academy requesting a general increase.
Glasgow Herald, 13 March 1915
ARDROSSAN AND SALTCOATS RECREATION PARK
At the monthly meeting of Ardrossan Town Council held on Monday evening - Provost Chrystie presiding - the joint committee appointed by Ardrossan and Saltcoats Burghs to negotiate with Lord Eglinton's factor on the subject of acquiring the Holm Plantation as a recreation ground for the two towns recommended that the plantation should be acquired at a cost of £1100. A letter was read from Saltcoats Town Council stating that they had adopted the recommendation of the joint committee and were awaiting the decision of Ardrossan Town Council. A petition was submitted on behalf of the tenants and owners of property in the vicinity of the plantation asking Ardrossan Town Council not to proceed with the purchase. The present, they submitted, was a very inopportune time to embark on such a scheme. The property in the neighbourhood was of a superior class and approximated in value to £25000, which would be seriously depreciated by putting the plantation to the use proposed. On the motion of Judge McKellar, it was decided not to accept the recommendation of the joint committee and to disband the committee. The mover suggested that they might take the matter up again when the war was concluded.
Glasgow Herald, 17 March 1915
NAVYMAN DROWNED AT ARDROSSAN
Late on Saturday night two stokers on one of His Majesty's destroyers fell into the harbour. One of the men was immediately rescued by the bluejackets on board, but owing to the darkness they failed to get the other man. On Sunday the body was recovered and identified as that of Stoker Charles Ceiley, a native of Plymouth, whose mother resides at 94 King Street, Plymouth.
Glasgow Herald, 6 April 1915
LAUNCH AT ARDROSSAN
When the Swedish steamer E M Dalgas arrived at Ardrossan for bunkers, the Customs authorities discovered four German Stowaways on board. The men were Joseph Kellner, Robert Fleischaner, Ludvig Dressler, and Hermann Hoppe and had gone on board the vessel at Buenos Aires owing to the fact that they could not find employment in the Argentine. Their intention was evidently to get to a neutral port and get through to Germany. The men were sent to Edinburgh under escort to be interned.
Glasgow Herald, 30 April 1915
The steel screw steamer Wheatsheaf - 162 feet in length, 25 feet in breadth and 9 feet in depth - built by Ardrossan Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company Limited for Spillers Steamship Company Limited, Cardiff, was launched at Ardrossan Harbour.
Glasgow Herald, 17 June 1915
LAUNCH AT ARDROSSAN
Official intimation has been received that two Ardrossan men have been wounded in the recent fighting. Private Thomas Anderson, 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers, son of Thomas Anderson, water manager, was wounded in the head but is recovering; and Private Hugh Dick, son of Mr T Dick, 34 Barr Street, Ardrossan, who is serving with the 1st Black Watch, has been wounded in the leg.
Glasgow Herald, 28 June 1915
SCHOOL PRIZE DAY – ARDROSSAN ACADEMY
The Reverend W D M Sutherland presided and referred to the fact that two members of the board, the clerk, two teachers of the Academy and 133 former pupils were at present serving the country. Mr J W Butters, the rector, said it was interesting to note the large proportion of men on their roll of honour who had obtained commissions or had become non-commissioned officers. During the year the pupils had contributed £40 to the relief funds and the girls had given material and work to the value of £30 for the Belgians.
Glasgow Herald, 1 July 1915
DEATH ON SERVICE
Auld - Killed in action on 1 July, Private Duncan Auld, Highland Light Infantry, aged 22, youngest son of the late J P W Auld, Maxwellton, Ardrossan and of Mrs Auld, 2 Glenavon Terrace, Partick.
Glasgow Herald, 26 July 1915
Withers – Killed in action at the Dardanelles on 28 June, Henry Withers, 1st King's Own Scottish Borderers, aged 20 years, beloved son of the late David and Mrs Withers of Ardrossan and Glasgow.
Glasgow Herald, 26 July 1915
CASUALTY OF WAR
Mrs P Reilly, 21 Kilmahew Street, Ardrossan has been officially notified that her husband, Private P Reilly, has been missing since 28 June. Private Reilly was a reservist and re-joined his regiment, the Dublin Fusiliers, on the outbreak of the war. He was employed at Nobel’s Factory at Ardeer.
Glasgow Herald, 29 July 1915