Saturday, May 25 – 1918
Reported missing on 22nd March last, Sergeant Robert A. Brand, Highland Light Infantry, has written to his wife, Mrs. Brand, 5 Queen Street, Stirling (who is a daughter of the later Mr. Andrew Bowie, Sheriff Officer), that he is a prisoner of war in Germany.
Sergeant Brand will be remembered by football players and spectators in Stirling as a member of the A. and S. Highlanders F.C., Stirling Castle, about eight years ago.
At that time football was flourishing locally, and the Castle team was a good one, and had some stern tussles with the King’s Park and Alloa Athletic.
Private Brand, as he was then, who was an outside right, was one of the best forwards among the soldiers, and was latterly bought out of the Army by Motherwell F.C.
With that Club he remained for two years, and subsequently played for a season for Bristol City. After that he returned to Glasgow and went back to his trade, which was that of painter.
When the war broke out he enlisted in the Highland Light Infantry, and with his unit went through the Gallipoli campaign. He was wounded in the knee, and was transferred to home service for a year, being sent to the King’s Liverpool Regiment on recovering from his wound.
With his new unit he went to France eighteen months ago, and saw a lot of service before being taken prisoner.
(Lancashire Evening Post, 25-05-1918)