Writer talks to Probus

Montrose Probus Club met on Tuesday September 30 in the George Hotel when the meeting was chaired by the President David Oswald (Junior).

The President presented cheques from the Club to Bill Tulloch, on behalf of Dorward House, and Scott Murray, on behalf of the RNLI.

Both recipients thanked the Probus Club for their continued support.

The president then introduced Dr Eric Yeaman who, after teaching chemistry for 29 years, had retired and embarked on a second career as a freelance writer, publishing several children’s books. He has written several scripts giving a first person account of the life of Scottish writers, illustrated by extracts from their works.

He gave a talk on Sir Arthur Conon Doyle not, as might have been expected, on Sherlock Holmes but on his experiences as a War Correspondent.

Sir Arthur had graduated in medicine from Edinburgh University long before he created the Sherlock Holmes character. He covered the Sudanese War as a correspondent and thereafter the Boer War in South Africa, where he had used his medical knowledge in a hospital in Bloemfontain.

When World War 1 broke out he volunteered for active service but was rejected because of his age.

This did not stop him from forming a local volunteer force and later serving on the front line as a war correspondent, where he reported on the terrible effects of gas.

He was at the front when an Australian Force broke through the German lines in 1918.

Several of Sir Arthur’s reports were read by Dr Yeaman.

The vote of thanks was given by Graeme Clark, who thanked Dr Yeaman for a fascinating insight into a little-known aspect of Sir Arthur’s life.