Moray 1915

Moray 1915

The Northern Scot continues to be of vital local importance in reporting the effects of the war at home and the actions at sea and on the battlefields. As the year progresses the war becomes even more grim and bloodier, casualties mount and the bravery and sacrifices of the men and women of Moray are evident in the reports of the action.

Letters from soldiers, sailors and nurses published in The Northern Scot provide valuable personal records of war and further insights to that time. Recruitment and training remains a key theme.

Fundraising, ensuring gifts for the men at the Front and supporting the war effort increase in intensity, every community playing its part. Across Moray there is much activity.

Casualties brought to Moray are well looked after and enjoy strong and active community support.

Restrictions are increasingly put in place in relation to fishing, movement of foreigners, alcohol and food. Sporting activities diminish and some local community events will not take place again until after the war. The weather makes its mark, the Moray Floods of September 1915 causing major disruption.

More and more women are working and increasingly in what were men’s roles, and rumours of spies and air raids occur, while concerns over moral standards increase.

Throughout the year The Northern Scot continues to report to the Moray community, its pages providing a valuable record of these grave times.

One hundred years later, Derek Bird’s articles, previously published in The Northern Scot, and grouped month by month, give a superb insight to Moray’s War at home and overseas during 1915.

 

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Fundraising event at Forres in May 1915
The 6th Seaforth Highlanders tailors at work with Mackenzie tartan cloth woven at Newmill, Elgin. Seated, centre, is Private Alexander Falconer, who was killed on 22 August 1917 while serving with the 8th Seaforth. Picture - Mr J. Falconer.