The Cellardyke Echo – 3/6/2022 – Issue 341


On Sunday forenoon the annual church parade of the local company Territorials took place to Cellardyke Parish Church. The Territorials were under the command of Lieutenant Maxwell. Lieutenant Mackintosh was on parade. The Territorials were accompanied by the local troop of Boy Scouts and by the Anstruther branch of the National Reserve. the “Terriers” looked very smart in their red tunics and tartan trews, while the Boy Scouts were a picturesque company. Rev. J. Ray, Chaplain to the Company officiated, and preached a powerful sermon from the test “A good soldier of Jesus Christ ” On returning to the Drill Hall after the service, Lieutenant Maxwell expressed hie pleasure that the parade had been attended by members of the National Reserve, while he also complimented the Boy Scouts on their smart appearance and for the manner in which they had marched.


HOLIDAY RESORTS. ANSTRUTHER & CELLARDYKE.—Most Bracing Fifeshire Seaside Resort. Good Bowling Green, Tennis Courts, and Golf Course. —For further information, apply to Secretary, Merchants’ Association.

PRESENTATION TO YOUNG CELLARDYKE HERO. In presence of the Town Council, David Black (15), son of Mr George Black, baker, Cellardyke, was presented with silver watch from the Carnegie Trust, Hero Fund and the parchment of the Royal Humane Society for saving, on 21st April, rescued nine-year-old lad from drowning. Provost Black, uncle of the lad, presided, and Mr Hugh H. Souter, depute town clerk, made the presentation.

ANSTRUTHER. More Local Soldiers Wounded, Further details are now to hand regarding the fighting in France on the 24th instant, in which our local men took part. Unfortunately, the casualties are heavier than was at first reported. Private Robb, who was stated to be seriously wounded, has succumbed to his injuries, and his fellow soldiers will deeply regret his loss. Private Alex. Boyter, son of Mr Thomas Boyter (Smith), Cellardyke, was seriously wounded in the head and face, and now lies in an hospital in Birmingham. The other local casualties are that of Private Adam Lowrie, also of Cellardyke, whose wounds, however, are not regarded as serious, and Lance-Corporal Anderson, son of Mr Alex. Anderson, baker, who was hit in the head.

Off to the East.—The crews of the drifters Camperdown, Lily, Maggie, and Andrewina left last night. It is understood that the destination of these craft is the Mediterranean, “somewhere west of Suez.”


DANDELION IN WAR TIME The gathering of sphagnum moss for the manufacture of dressings for the wounded has been patriotically undertaken by many school children and others, says a correspondent. Sphagnum moss is not to found in every district, but it would seem that an exceedingly common plant that of special value in war time could easily collected in huge quantities those who are able to spare even a few minutes for the work now and then. This is the dandelion. In Cellardyke the school children have gathered a large quantity of dandelion roots, and these, after being cleaned at the school, will sent to an Edinburgh chemical establishment to be used in preparing dressings for the wounded. If the dandelion is of value for this purpose, it should not be difficult to provide an almost unlimited supply. It would appear that all along the dandelion has been treated with unmerited contempt in this country. In France the leaves are commonly eaten in salads, and form cheap and exceedingly wholesome addition to the food supply, especially during the hot days of summer. Under its other name of taraxacum, the dandelion has played and still plays its part in medicine. It is very old remedy for dyspepsia when associated with torpidity of the liver. The milky juice of the flowed stalks was often prescribed as sovereign remedy for warts. The word dandelion itself corruption the French “dent de lion,’’ lion’s tooth—an allusion to the shape of the leaves. Nathaniel Paterson, D.D.. in his genial work on horticulture. has some notes the dandelion which are evidently “wrote sarcastic.’’ He concludes by advising the amateur horticulturist to “leave no piece of ground without first scrutinising every inch for this delicate salad herb order that its roots may carefully gathered and stored—in the bottom of the dunghill!”

CELLARDYKE STOKER ON INVINCIBLE IS BELIEVED TO BE AMONG THE LOST. James A. Moncrieff, son of the late Mr David Moncrieff, fisherman, and John Gardiner, Forth Street, Cellardyke, was stoker on board the Invincible. In reply to a telegram of inquiry, the Admiralty stated it was to be feared Moncrieff was among the lost, his name not being included in the list of survivors. Moncrieff was among the first to join the colours shortly after war broke out, and was engaged in the naval battle off the Falkland Islands. was home on leave a month ago. Previous to enlisting he was engineer on a trawler. He was 22 years of age, and his stepfather, Mr John Gardiner, is on patrol service. His brother, David, is in the Flying Corps in France.


WEDDING AT NOTTING HILL June 2nd ab Sb John’s Church Notting Hill very pretty wedding was celebrated by the vicar. The bridegroom David Doig Pratt Lieutenant Highland Light Infantry second son of late Alexander Pratt Cellardyke Scotland to Minnie Elizabeth youngest daughter of Thoman Hayman of Devon and 61 Wallingford Avenue North Kensington W.

The bride (one of the company of the light opera “Young England”) wore a dainty dress of cream crepe-de-Chine trimmed with orange blossom wreath and veil and carried sheaf of lilies; she was attended by four bridesmaids. Lieutenant W E Ward acted as best man The presents were numerous. The reception was held at the bride’s home in Kensington after which the happy pair departed en-route for the honeymoon.


Prisoners of war

Pte. Alex. Stevenson, Black Watch, Cellardyke; also wounded in the arm.



Cellardyke skippers of drifters returned from the fishing grounds at the end of the week to report the presence of large number of floating mines in the North Sea. As many as five were seen by the crew of the drifter Maggie, which caused the skipper to alter his course.

 Honours won on the Field of Battle

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL. ……….. 290604 Pte. J. Birrell, 14th. Bn. Royal Highlanders, T.F. (Cellardyke);

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