Keith and District 1915
Keith and District was an important rural area of farming and distilleries enjoying a ready supply of labour.
This section of Moray’s War traces life in Keith during 1915. The summary does not include those killed in the conflict or what was happening on the fields of war as these are dealt with in the Fighting Front and particularly the Remembrance sections of Moray’s War.
Keith, the dominant town, surrounded by many villages, hamlets and small clusters of dwellings was an important railway junction. It enjoyed a busy mart and to a considerable extent was a mill town, its textiles well known throughout Scotland.
It had a strong military tradition with many of the men in the Territorials – the Gordon Highlanders being the local regiment.
The churches and parishes were numerous and busy. Recreational activity included football, curling, shooting, golf and cricket. Cattle Shows, Highland Games, Flower Shows and Bird Shows were well established. Busy social lives were lived across the many small communities, the local schools and halls being key centres.
With the coming of World War I much was to change. The mills required to produce cloth for the military, so many of the men were called to serve, with far too many making the ultimate sacrifice, a hospital for the wounded was established at Earlsmount and much of the social activity was directed at supporting the war effort in general and the needs of local men at the Front in particular.
The story of Keith and District during World War I is being told, month by month, by the Keith and District Heritage Group on its website: www.kadhg.org.uk