Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurses and patients at the Dunfermline VAD Hospital. © Fife Cultural Trust on behalf of Fife Council.
The number of casualties from wounds and sickness was high.

It is impossible to determine how many men from Fife were killed in the Great War. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission shows there are almost 500 Great War graves in 59 cemeteries in Fife itself. Kirkcaldy lost 900 dead of the 7,000 men who had gone to war.

Among the 600 employees from Nairn’s, over 80 men had been killed, the number of casualties from wounds and sickness was high and many returned to Kirkcaldy with physical disabilities of one kind or another. 

Months after the end of the war men were still dying of wounds and of sickness, particularly tuberculosis.

Shell-shock wrecked many lives – sometimes revisiting men in their old age with memories of the war.

Others faced a life of permanent disability or disfigurement.