People Red Cross egg collection day in Brechin Individuals knitted socks and scarves. At the outbreak of war in August 1914 the inhabitants of the towns and villages of Angus responded enthusiastically to the war effort. While thousands of men and many women went off to serve on the Fighting Fronts, the Home Front saw individuals step forward to give their time, effort and money to knit socks and scarves, and finance comforts for the troops, feed and clothe refugees, offer comfort to POWs. Women joined the work force in a variety of roles including postal workers and factory workers making boots for the troops and munitions for the war machine. Others used their fundraising skills for a large number of war causes. Even children were involved in fundraising and in practical ways such as collecting sphagnum moss for war dressings. Those on the Home Front were vitally important in keeping up morale for the duration of the war. Society was mobilised from the top down to contribute in to the overall war effort.