The Home Front Effort In Berwickshire
Following the outbreak of war there was the inevitable push for everyone at 'Home' to do their bit.
In Berwickshire this was no different. The Berwickshire Advertiser ran a special feature entitled ‘Home Corner – For the Soldier Lads’ which encouraged readers to do their part in the war effort by making clothes for the troops.
Readers could send away for patterns for 6½d to make items such as shirts.
Women across the Borders undoubtedly played their part in the war effort.
An article in The Berwickshire Advertiser on 18th August, 1914 entitled the 'Activity of the Earlston Ladies' describes a meeting held in Earlston which discussed the role of women in the war effort. 'Ladies should organise themselves to provide articles of clothing for the soldiers and sailors engaged in the war'.
Another article on 25th August, 1914 describes the work of the women from Cockburnspath, where, 'All the women folks round here are working with right good will in making socks and shirts, etc. for our soldiers and sailors'.