More Recruits Needed
In March 1915, the Alloa Advertiser reported:
For some weeks past there has been an appreciable decline in the number of young men coming forward and enrolling both in the Territorial Force and Lord Kitchener's Army, and further effort is now being made to stimulate recruiting in the County. The Territorials led the way last Saturday when the recruits forming part of the 2nd reserve of the local battalion had a march from Alloa through Sauchie and Fishcross, to Alva where Sir James Sivewright of Tulliallan Castle delivered an eloquent and stirring patriotic address and also made a powerful appeal to all eligible young men to come forward and offer their services to their King and Country. The Alva people generally evinced keen interest in the visit and it is believed that the urgency of the call to arms as emphasised by Sir James Sivewright, will not go unanswered but that before long a considerable addition will be made to the mobilised strength of the new 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders reserve. On Wednesday the famous Harry Lauder Pipe Band visited Alloa, and played particular airs during their parade of the principal streets of the town. A recruiting officer who accompanied the bandsmen addressed a very large crowd at the foot of Mar Street between 2 and 3 o'clock and urged the pressing need for additional recruits. In the pavilion in the evening, recruiting speeches were made by several local gentlemen, and a further appeal will be made in the VB Picture Palace for eligible young men to enlist in the new reserve battalion. The recruiting campaign will be continued in the county and it hoped the outcome of all the efforts that are being put forth, both by local representatives of Kitchener's Army and the territorial association will be a steady and increasing stream of recruits for both branches of the service.