Galloway’s Great War

Privates McAllister and Hannah
Privates McAllister and Hannah

The Galloway Gazette continues its Great War diary wit a look at what you would habe been eating had you lived in Galloway in 1915.

The Galloway Gazette

November 6th, 1915

War savings campaign in the Machars

Attractive dinners for 4 and a half pennies.

One of the recommendations of the war Savings Committee is that women should see to the practice of rigid economy in the kitchen. This need not mean the death knell of dainty and appetising meals. If we purchase with discrimination and scrupulously avoid waste in any every form, a shilling can still be made to yield as much satisfaction as twelve pennies used to do in the far off days before the war.

With this in view, a correspondent sends us a list of a month’s dinners which have been fully tested, and which combine variety with sound nutritive qualities. That they are economical also is shown by the fact that they work out at a cost of just under 4 and a half pennies per head. It would be reduced to 4d if four or more persons were being catered for, instead of only two. There would be considerable reduction in the cases of those who, like most of us in the Machars, grow vegetables and fruit in their own gardens.

This is the menu for the first week:

Monday - broth; sheep’s head with sliced carrot and turnip; potatoes boiled in jackets.

Tuesday - broth; shepherd’s pie (made with second half of sheep’s head).

Wednesday - stuffed haddock; mashed potatoes; rhubarb tart.

Thursday - rice and lentil cutlets; boiled potatoes; rhubarb tart.

Friday - sheep’s kidneys, stewed; chipped potatoes; Urney pudding.

Saturday - steamed rabbit; roasted potatoes; Urney pudding (reheated).

Sunday - rabbit soup; rabbit mould; fried potatoes; fairy pudding.

Mr William McAllister, Old Mill, Mochrum has received the news that his son, Gunner William McAllister, has died of wounds received in France. Twenty-three year old Gunner McAllister was wounded on September 27th and died on October 3rd. He had been in France since September this year.

A letter from his commanding officer to the bereaved family said:

“I am sorry to say your letter received by ne to-day is correct. Your son was wounded at the battle of Loos on September 27th. He was laying a telephone wire in open ground and was hit in the head by shrapnel bullet which burst close to him and fractured his skull. He was carried fifty yard to the ambulance by the Sergeant-Major of the battery.

“He was an exceptionally nice fellow and we all much regret his loss.”

Private Alan Hannah, Balcraig, the son of James Hannah, has been wounded in action on September 25th while serving with the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders.

Private W Haswell, Newton Stewart, son of Mr John Haswell, Newton Stewart, has been missing since the advance on 25th September. He was in the 8th KOSB and no word has been received from him since that day. Another soldier who is now in hospital has written home stating he saw him fall, but no official word has come through to his parents. Previous to joining the KOSB, Pte. Haswell was employed by Mr John Erskine, grocer, Newton Stewart.

Private James Tennant has been gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, 4th Cameron Highlanders. He joined the London Scottish the day after the Lusitania was sunk. Lieutenant Tennant is 19 years old and the son of Mr James Tennant, inspector of weights and measures, Newton Stewart.

Bombardier Robert Hall, son of Mr Robert Hall, Creetown, who has been out at the front since the beginning of the war, came home on leave last week. He arrived in Creetown in the morning, and at nine o’ clock the same morning received a wire recalling him, so he had to start back again the same day. He is again at the front. He was in excellent health and was looking quite well despite what he had gone through.