The Cellardyke Echo – 23/11/2022 – Issue 366


CELLARDYKE. School Board

A meeting of this body took place last night, Provost. Black presiding. The Rev. Jas. Ray, Messrs Swinton and Thomson were also present. The officer reported a percentage of attendance of 89 for Cellardyke and 92 for Kilrenny Schools. A letter was read from Miss McLaughlan, resigning her position as assistant in Kilrenny School. The Chairman said they should leave it over for a time, as the whole question of the staff might have to be considered if Mr Smith left. to join the Forces. Mr Smith had called on him, stating that he was quite willing to go. Should that take place his idea that Kilrenny School should be closed and Mr Forsyth brought down. The Rev. Mr Hay was afraid that such an arrangement might get them into trouble with the Department. They could not say they were unable to make any other arrangement. The Chairman—We can say that it is the easiest way for us. It was agreed to delay filling up the vacancy. The Clerk (Mr H. H. Soutar,) read a letter from the Department agreeing to allow the grant for the Continuation Class in English, which had been discontinued owing to the small attendance. The Scottish Band of Hope Union wrote asking permission to give lectures on temperance to the scholars, and inviting the members of the Board to the lectures. Mr Ray—You would think there was some need for us to attend. (Laughter.) The Chairman—Mr Smith could give a temperance lecture himself, or Mr Soutar even. (Laughter.) It was agreed to refuse permission. It was agreed to allow Mr Forsyth permission to start a soup kitchen in December, and instructed him to have the swing in the playground removed as it was in a defective condition. The Board’s bank book stood creditor £21 9s 9d.

KILRENNY. Mr James Cairns son of the Laird, leaves tomorrow to take up military duty with the Army Service Corps, in which he has obtained a commission.

Mr Herbert Russell has been appointed official recruiter by the Admiralty for East and West Anstruther and Cellardyke.

Sudden Death.—Mrs Wm. Anderson, a widow, died with tragic suddenness early on Saturday morning at her residence in Caiman’s Wynd (Pittenweem). On Friday evening she was engaged in baiting a line, when she complained of not feeling well, and the medical aid of Dr Wilson, Anstruther was summoned. The deceased, who was 6o years of age, was a native of Cellardyke, and was respected by all with whom she came in contact. She leaves a grown-up family of four daughters.

Private Robert Dunsire of the machine gun section of the 13th Royal Scots is awarded the VC Although he belonged to Denbeath the newspapers report his Cellardyke connections as his wife Kate Pitt was daughter of  Dyker John Pitt who had a general merchant’s shop in Denbeath.  

Mr Thos. Gilmour. son of Mrs Gilmour, West Forth Street, Cellardyke, has been granted a commission as 1st Lieutenant, R.N.R.

Soldier Dies at Home. Private John Doig, late of the 1/7th Black Watch, and son of Mr Thos. Doig, Rodger Street, died on Saturday in his father’s house. The deceased was with the local Company of the Black Watch at Kinghorn, and while in training there developed unexpected weaknesses. To his regret, he was unable to accompany the rest of his comrades to France, and received his discharge on account of ill health not long after their departure for the front. He was buried in Kilrenny Churchyard on Tuesday, the obsequies being attended by Captain C. H. Maxwell and Privates Boyter and Elliot of the 1/7th Black Watch, Private Carstairs, Gordon Highlanders, and T. Tarvit, RN., The soldiers and sailor carrying the coffin from the hearse to the graveside.

Natives Death in Aberdeen. — Information arrived here on Monday night of the death of Mr James Watson, son of the late Mr Thos. Watson (Martin), at his residence in Aberdeen, The deceased, who was a native of Cellardyke, left this district a good few years ago, and carried on his calling as skipper of a trawler from Aberdeen, but to many fishermen from the East Neuk his death will come as a personal loss. He was familiarly known as “Hawley,” and his home in Aberdeen welcomed many of the fishermen from Cellardyke while they prosecuted the North fishing. Before he left this district he was identified with the social life of the town, and took a keen interest in Y.M.C.A. and Christian Endeavour, and he was also a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by a widow and grown-up family, for whom much sympathy is being expressed. The funeral took place this afternoon to Kilrenny Churchyard from the Baptist hall, where the remains had rested for the night.


Leven  -An application from Martin & Co., oilskin manufacturers, Cellardyke, for permission to lay the electric cable under the road to their new factory at Glenlyon Road received the assent of the Council.

Sphagnum Moss. – It is satisfactory to learn that since the picking of Sphagnum moss was commenced at Cellardyke there has been a larger turn-out of workers, and that 341 bags of picked moss have been despatched from there. The Treasurer (Mr C. Gardner) has just received acknowledgment for the last consignment, which the headquarters say was very well picked. It is also stated that during the last four months over 160,000 dressings have been supplied in response to War Office requisitions. The Committee further express a hope that the various workers will continue their help throughout the coming winter, and if possible, increase their numbers, in order to cope with the ever-increasing demands from War Hospitals. A large stock of Sphagnum moss has been laid in for the winter’s work, sufficient for a largely augmented staff of workers.


Canadian Falls. Another promising young man connected with Cellardyke has fallen. On Saturday, intimation was received that Gunner John Bayne Brown, of the Machine Gun Section of the Canadian Royal Field Artillery, was killed in action on the 9th of October. He is the second son of Mr Thos. Brown, builder, Alberta, Canada, late of Cellardyke. Prior to the war, Gunner Brown was engaged as a joiner in Canada. He was 33 years of age, and had been over a year in France.

Another Cellardyke Casualty. —Official confirmation has now been received as to the death of Private Alex. Boyter, of the Black Watch, letters having now come to hand from Adjutant Glen and Lieut. Philip 0. Ray, stating that he had died on 19th October from wounds sustained in action in a bomb raid, and expressive of sympathy with the family in their bereavement. Private Boyter, who was 22 years of age, was the third son of Mrs Boyter, Rodger Street., and it is about two years since he enlisted in the Black Watch. Prior to that he was a plasterer with Mr Williamson. His father was a fisherman, and was drowned at sea about 16 years ago.


Further meetings of local Tribunals were held in Cellardyke, East-Anstrutber, and Crail on Monday afternoon and evening, the Military representative at each being Major Sibley.

CELLARDYKE. The meeting at, Cellardyke was held in the Council Room, the members of the Tribunal present being–Provost Black (presiding), Councillors Laverock and Bett, and Mr D. Bruce.

The first case called was that of John Bett, fisherman, Fowler Street, and the military assenting, conditional exemption was granted.

James Watson (25), fisherman, John Street, claimed exemption on the ground of ill-health, it being stated that while at work at the Forth Bridge he overstrained his heart. Major Sibley stated that he would have to undergo medical examination. The appeal was continued to see if arrangement. could be made for a medical examination.

John A. Scott (32), grocer, George Street, appealed for conditional exemption, it being stated that he was engaged in a certified occupation, and that he was rejected under the Derby scheme. This was not assented to by the military.

In answer to Major Sibley, appellant stated that his father was going back and forward attending to the business, but that he was not able to give it. constant supervision. He had two girls, but both were at school.

The Provost—It is not easy getting girls just now.

Major Sibley—They can be got somewhere; and it is not a certified occupation now.

Conditional exemption was claimed for Andrew Donaldson (36), baker, Burnside Terrace, it being stated that he was suffering from cardiac, a certificate being given by a doctor. He was in the employment of his brother, James Donaldson, baker, who also claimed exemption for him on the ground that he could not continue to carry on his business without his brother’s assistance.

Mr D. Cook, solicitor, stated that this was a double application, and he considered that it was a strong enough case for conditional exemption. One of the old established bakery businesses in Cellardyke had already been closed for want of hands, and it would come to be very hard on the community if this one were also to be closed.

Major Sibley—ln some populations there is more over-lapping than there should be. There are a tremendous number of bakers in Fife, more in proportion to the population than there is elsewhere. Mr Laverock said that conditional exemptions had been granted in cases that were not more deserving of it than this, and that this should be treated as others.

Major Sibley—Baking is an essential business for women. When they can make bread at home and do similar work at munitions, there is no reason why they should not do it at bakeries.

Conditional exemption was granted. At this point Provost Black vacated the chair, which was taken by Councillor Laverock, and claimed conditional exemption for William Tarvit Bowman, who was a foreman in the oil skin manufactory of A. Black & Co He stated that it was a certified occupation, and that it was impossible to get men to do the work that was required. Bowman already had three sons with the colours, and offering himself under the Derby Scheme he was then rejected. If every family in the country had given the same in proportion, it would have been different with the Army to-day. Owing to the want of hands, contracts bad been greatly delayed. Major Sibley said that military doctors were passing men that would not have been passed twelve months ago. It could not be said that men who had been rejected before were now absolutely unfit. Exemption was granted for three months.


The steam drifter Innergellie (KY. 609), which belonged to Mr James Muir, Cellardyke has purchased Mr Alex. Smith, Portessie, Moray Firth, for the sum of £2190. She is 90 feet in length, of 100 gross tonnage, and it is about 20 years since she was built.

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