Berwickshire - August 1914

Berwickshire - August 1914

On 11 August 1914, The Berwickshire Advertiser described the mood and the events as Scottish Borderers came to terms with the outbreak of war and the effect on its people and area.

The updates from Coldstream, Coldingham, Cockburnspath and finally Greenlaw could leave no one in any doubt that life was never going to be the same again, as new recruits were rallied for life at the Front.

In Coldstream the Parish Church was the location for the farewell to fighting men being sent off to take up their first duties at Stirling Castle.

In Coldingham the Territorial Force were reported to be leaving for duty whilst the church ministers of the area were praying for a quick resolution to the conflicts.

In Cockburnspath the terror of war was put in sharp focus as reports were of the coast being patrolled by torpedo destroyers and the like.

And finally in Greenlaw those fit and aged to fight were presented with a sprig of white heather for good luck and a safe return as they left to do their bit for King and Country.

Coldstream
Berwickshire Advertiser. Courtesy of Tweeddale Press Group.
Coldingham
Berwickshire Advertiser. Courtesy of Tweeddale Press Group.
Cockburnspath
Berwickshire Advertiser. Courtesy of Tweeddale Press Group.
Greenlaw
Berwickshire Advertiser. Courtesy of Tweeddale Press Group.