Borders Highlight

Borders Highlight

Friends and relatives on the platform at Newcastleton following the departure of a volunteers’ train WW1. Photo from Bill Lynn collection.
The people of the Borders did their fair share to raise funds for the war effort.

Shops and businesses throughout the Borders were affected when staff enlisted then sent out all over the world, local newspapers covered the conflict in their own style and some local houses were converted to convalescence hospitals or barracks.

The people of the Borders did their fair share to raise funds for the war effort.

There is a belief that people reacted to the war with shock and horror and they certainly became determined that they would never again be required to fight. However, during the war the people of the Borders showed a pride and resilience in the face of the scale of military losses. They supported campaigns like 'Julian the tank' with enthusiasm and towns competed with each other to raise the most money for the war effort.

The war also brought about significant changes in the lives of women. For the first time they had access to jobs previously carried out by man and many women enjoyed their new social freedom. Women were willing and able to directly engage in political protest. Although many of the changes did not last, they had altered women’s expectations forever.