Do you have any stories from the Great War?

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. World War 1. Pictured in the trenches of the First World War
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. World War 1. Pictured in the trenches of the First World War

The Great War Dundee Roadshow is making an appeal to the local community to help them uncover stories of the First World War. The appeal coincides with a visit to Broughty Ferry Library on Wednesday, January 13, to mark the launch of the Library’s new Local History Group

They are looking to find out more information, photographs, and family memories about local people’s experiences of World War One. These will eventually be incorporated into their interactive Roll of Honour. There will be a scanner and cameras at the ready and they are inviting the public to bring along any material they may have.

The hope is they will uncover the stories of Broughty Ferry men like William Charles and 2nd Lieutenant Philip David Weinberg who were members of the Fourth (City of Dundee) Battalion of the Black Watch. These soldiers feature in the painting “After Neuve Chapelle” by evocative war artist Joseph Gray that hangs in The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum.

William Charles was a Regimental Sergeant Major and as the senior non-commissioned officer and a regular soldier was a key figure in the Battalion. He had enlisted October 1891 and served in Egypt, South Africa, Mauritius, and India and held the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. On the Western Front he was mentioned in Dispatches before being killed at Loos on September 25, aged 41. His home was in King Street, Broughty Ferry.

2nd Lieutenant Philip David Weinberg had gone to France with A Company of the Battalion and, as Gray’s painting records, he had survived Neuve Chapelle. The Regimental History recalls that he fell carrying the platoon flag and waving his men forward at Aubers Ridge on May 9, 1915, aged 19. Son of Fred S. and Grace Weinberg, Seafield Lodge, Broughty Ferry.

At the roadshow, the public will also be able to talk to the different partner organisations, find out more about the Great War Dundee project and learn more about researching their family’s military history. Those interested are encouraged to come along to Broughty Ferry Library on Wednesday, January 13, 2-3.30pm.

For more information about the Great War Dundee project or the interactive roll of Honour, please contact Great War Dundee on info@greatwardundee.com or 01382 307428.

For further information about the new Local History, please contact Broughty Ferry Library. Email: broughty.library@leisureandculturedundee.com, telephone: 01382 436919.