1929

(Admission Books)

The last boy to be admitted to the Mars was Alexander Taylor Campbell, ship number 22, registration number 6562, from Stirling Police Court on 22nd February 1929.

1929 Scotsman

 TWO MARS BOYS’ ESCAPADES –

The adventure of two Mars boys, who escaped from the training ship in the Tay, were related in Cupar Juvenile Court yesterday. The Fiscal said the boys lowered a boat during the night of the 19th January, and got away from the ship. They broke into the Mars workshop at Woodhaven and stole a pair of socks, and stole a signal lamp from the points signal box at Newport East Railway Station. They then proceeded to Tayport and entered the motor garage of Messrs D. & R. B. Scott, in Shanwell Poad from which they took two woollen scarfs, and afterwards broke into Messr’s Scott workshop, and from a lock-fast box in the office stole 6s 10d. They were trying to force open a safe, in which was £13, when they were caught. They escaped and were pursued by police in a motor car, and were caught and taken back to the ship. On Tuesday they again left the ship and were discovered by the police between Kingsbarns and St Andrews. The officer in charge of the training ship did not want the younger boy, whose parents reside in Leven to come back to the ship. Sheriff Dudley Stuart sent him to Rossie Reformatory, Montrose, for five years, until he reaches the age of 19, and the other boy, who hails from Methil, was sent back to the training ship and placed on twelve months’ probation.

 

1929

(Admission Books)

The last boy to be admitted to the Mars was Alexander Taylor Campbell, ship number 22, registration number 6562, from Stirling Police Court on 22nd February 1929.

 

 

 

 

1929 Thursday 5th July.

(Scotsman)

 

MARS BOYS’ SPORTS AT ELIE

   Good weather attended the annual sports of the boys of the training ship Mars, held at the Recreation Park at Elie. Among those present were members of the Mars Committee from Dundee and Edinburgh. These included Mr Wm. Berry, of Tayfield (chairman) and Miss Berry; Colonel Bruce Turnbull; Bailie John Hay; Mr D. Small, J.P.; Mr and Mrs W. Slater Brown; Lady Anstruther and party, Balcaskie; Major and Mrs Lumsden, Tarvit; Mrs Blyth, Blythswood; and Mrs McLaren, St Andrews. The prizes were handed over by Lady Anstruther. The silver medal for the winner of the greatest number of points was won by Boy Lister. The Moncrieff prize, given by Gerald Moncrieff for the most deserving boy on the Mars, was won by Charles Blackmore. This is a sum of money to give the boy a start in life.

 

 

1929 Admission Book, September.

 

The last page of the admission book has the last ten boys still on the Mars register in September 1929, Thomas Bannon, William Scott, David Myles, Thomas Fisher, Walter Clarke, John Dolan, David Gilchrist and Frederick Alderson were due to go to Cardiff Home, Henry Martin to the Royal Navy and Angus Cairns was being discharged to the Quarriers Orphan Boys Home.