SCOTS TO THE FORE
LEAD IN RECRUITING
During the first six weeks’ recruiting at Home ttie approximate number of recruits raised from August 4 to .September 15 was 501,580. It will bo of interest to the ■Scotch folk in Otago to note that their “ ain country, always wee! to the fore in fechlin’,” contributed the highest percentage of recruits to tho male population. The numbers and percentages were as follow: Recruits. P.c. England 596,761 2.41 Scotland 64,444 2.79 Ireland 20,419 .93 Wales 19,966 1.94 —Glasgow Six-footers.—
The Glasgow constables, numbering close on 150, who joined the Scots Guards, and who will he ready for the front in a few weeks’ time, averaged 6ft in height. They were exceptionally well drilled, and only required practice in musketry training. Tho Lowland Division of the Scottish Territorial Army, which includes the Glasgow regiments, has volunteered for foreign service, and has been accepted by the War Office. Major-general Egerton will probably take command. The only mountain artillery brigade from ;he United Kingdom is now being formed, and will be known as the 4th Highland Mountain Brigade of the Royal Garrison Artillery. The battery is mainly recruited from tho West of Scotland. Highland ponies will haul the guns.
—Scottish Officers Killed.—
The following Scottish officers have been killed:
Colonel Sir E. R. Bradford, Bart., Scaforth Highlanders. Major J. T. C'arpenter-Garnier, Scots Guards.
Second - lieutenant R. A. ComptonThornhill, Scots Guards. Lieutenant Sir A. C. Gibson-Craig, Bart., Highland Light Infantry. Lieutenant C. R. J. Jones, Scots Guards. Second-lieutenant G. W. Poison, Black Watch.
Second Lieutenant R. C. ff. Powell Highland Light. Infantry. Lieutenant /•?. 11 H. J. Wilson, lilac.': Watch.
Captain W. E. Murray, Gordon High landers •Second Lieutenant Sir G. G. S. Baillie. Bart., Royal Scots Greys. Lieutenant K. F. L. Johnstone. Cameron Highlanders. Captain A. Horne. Cameron Highlanders. Major Hon. A. H. Maitland. Cameron H iglilanders. Second Lieutenant G. S. Amos, King’s Own Scottish Borderers.
Captain and Quartermaster A. Murrnv K.O.S.R.
Captain C. L. Price. D.5.0.. Royal Scots.
—Rugby Internationalist Killed.—
Lieutenant J. I.aidlaw Duggan, of the Royal Army Medical Corps, and attached in the Coldstream Guards, a well-known Scottish Rugby internationalist, was killed in action. lie was formerly a member of the Jed Forest (Tub. and was
capped against England in March last. Although only 24 years of age. he was tv some time resident house surgeon at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary prior to going to London to continue Ids studies. He was educated at George Watson's College amt Ed inhu rg hj Un i v ers i ty. Energetic Scots have done excellent recruiting work in London. They created a second battalion of "kilties” in less tb.-o a week, and strengthened the Highland Brigade, which is in the heart of the fight on the Continent, by no fewer than 1.329 recruit? in the same period. There is a likelihood of a third battalion of tin London Scottish being formed. —An Observant Scot.— A wounded Scot now in a hospital in tin South of England wrote chat tuingly to Ids mother in Edinburgh as to the dund animals left homeless and ownerless in tin ruined and de.-olale. villages in B dgiuui. He describes, with a sympathy that would have delighted the author of ’ Rah ami His Friends’ iDr Brown', the fate of a-, old dog that had escaped, grievously wounded, from under the wreckage oi .< demolished house to rejoin her puppies She met friendship and a kindly (teat 5 : from the British soldiers, who have m>i yet, become callous, ami are, ever ready to share their rations with the bewildered dogs that run about Belgium. The wounded soldier expresses surprise thd during his experiences in Belgium he never saw a cat. He adds: *• There is not a sign of bird li f e. Apparently ihs big gun? have scared all tin birds away to more peaceable scenes.” Oddly enough, the soldier forgets to mention hir. wounds—a fine lad.
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SCOTS TO THE FORE, Evening Star, Issue 15646, 10 November 1914