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5th King's Own Scottish Borders leaving Dumfries Station on 10 August 1914.
It was suggested that the housewife would have to stir the eggs in her Christmas puddings very cautiously.

Eggs, or rather the new-laid variety, were rapidly becoming luxuries for wounded soldiers and the very rich only and they reached the record figure of 3s.2d at Dumfries market. The imports of eggs had fallen by the enormous total of 75,000 tons from a similar period in 1913, the year before the war. This was equal to more than half the supply. The shortage was accentuated by the huge demands of the hospitals for wounded soldiers, which of course had to be met. It was suggested that the housewife would have to stir the eggs in her Christmas puddings very cautiously.

A teacher was reprimanded for spending his Sundays "God damning" things at the Dockhead of Dumfries among other places and it was suggested that he was not fit to be entrusted with the training of children. Parents expected a person occupying such a post to be "an exemplar at least in the proprieties of speech and conduct".

In St Mary’s Hall, Dumfries, the local Temperance Union met to discussed the subject of "Drink and the War". A resolution urged the extension to the whole country of the restrictions with regard to hours of sale, treating, and credit applicable to munition areas (in which Dumfriesshire and the Stewartry were now to be included), and made an appeal to all loyal citizens to follow the King’s example by becoming abstainers for the period of the war.