The Hamilton Advertiser reported when wounded WW1 soldiers were brought to Auchentibber and entertained, with local business owners presenting them with gifts and honours for their bravery. The report on Saturday 2nd September 1916 told:
“The military age portion of the village Auchentibber have done nobly in this war, as witness the Roll of Honour which has been placed in a most prominent position in the beautiful grounds of the Quoiting Club, situated in the heart of the place. The women folks, too have done their bit not less nobly by working hard night after night to provide comforts for the lads who have gone forth to serve their country in the highest calling one might well be asked to perform; and it was only what was expected to find the villagers anxious to show some gratitude to several of those soldiers who had been maimed in the fight by providing an afternoon’s entertainment within the precincts of their well-known glorified paradise during the period of their convalescence.
This came off on Wednesday afternoon when a large party of wounded soldiers were motored from Hillpark Hospital, Bothwell. led by two nurses, to the Auchentibber Quoiting Green, there to be the guests of the upland village. The arrangements for the reception of the soldiers were complete in every way. On arrival they were entertained a fine concert by Tom Colley, comedian, who is appearing at Blantyre Picture House this week, and Miss Lizzie and Master James Qibeon, two juveniles who were successful in recent competitions at the Picture House. Mr Gideon Duncan ably played the accompaniments. The arrangements for this part the proceedings were the hands of Mr James Marchant, the Picture House manager, and he has every credit by the taste he displayed in his selection of entertainers. A feature of the afternoon’s enjoyment was the presence of the Regimental Band and Pipers from Hamilton Barracks, under the leadership of Mr Louis Seymour, and needless to say, their musical selections provided an entertainment which was heartily appreciated not only by the wounded Tommies, but the large audience with which they were surrounded.
About five o’clock an al fresco tea was served on the quoting green and here again the ladies of the place showed their interest by acting as table attendants, and with assistants galore there was “no waiting.” The inner man having been satisfied, an abundant supply of cigarettes was served out, while at intervals thereafter the ladies went round and distributed sweets, fruit, etc. which were acceptably received the guests.
One of the most interesting parts of the day’s proceedings was the presentation of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to Corporal M’Anulty, Udston, of the Gordon Highlanders, which took place In the presence of the whole company. Corporal M’Anulty had the medal pinned to his tunic last week by Viscount French, but it was thought, to give the local touch to the high honour. No better opportunity could had that of Wednesday, to give the villagers a public opportunity of welcoming their own distinguished soldier, and right heartily joined in the ceremony. It fell to Mr James. B. H. Struthers the Auchentibber Inn landlord, to perform this pleasing duty, and addressing Corpl. M’Anulty, he said the villagers were proud of the high honour bestowed upon him the King. “It was men like Corpl. M’Anulty”. said Mr Struthers “and those who were their guests that day, who were allowing them to enjoy sunny skies and peaceful homes, and they felt they could not do too much for the heroes who were fighting for them. Corpl. M’Anulty made a modest acknowledgment. The proceedings terminated about seven o’clock, all having spent a most delightful afternoon amidst delightful environment. The Auchentibber folks are to be heartily congratulated on their laudable efforts that day—efforts which were spontaneous they were appreciative. Nevertheless one almost concluded that while the voice of Jacob was there so also was the hand of Esan—the ‘hand” was that of Mr J. B. H. Struthers. organiser-in-chief, that genial and largehearted soul who has done much to brighten the lives of the people of that secluded but pretty little upland hamlet.”
Pictured is JB Struthers presenting the meal to Corporal McAnulty at the Auchentibber WW1 “Troops Entertainment” day.
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Margaret Nimmo Lehmann Interesting – I can imagine my Grandparents possibly being there that day.
Jane Johnstone My grannie met my grandpa when the troops were treated to tea on their return from the War in the Masonic Lodge!