Recruitment

Recruitment

There were regular articles and adverts in the local papers encouraging men to join the forces.

It was reported that the large numbers at the recruiting offices caused queues which were so long some caught the train to Glasgow to volunteer there as it was quicker than waiting to enlist.

Men who joined as a group would serve together and some local bands were taken into the forces as units.

For example, the Laurieston Westquarter Silver Band joined the 5th Royal Scots in July 1915 and Camelon Pipe Band also joined the Royal Scots, eventually to become the 7th Battalion’s band in Palestine.

Early in the war, professional football players faced criticism for not enlisting but then a significant number from the County joined Sir George McRae’s Edinburgh Battalion.

Falkirk players were accompanied to the recruitment office by the club secretary, who received a gift of the battalion’s emblem from Sir George McRae. Four East Stirlingshire players had already enlisted – one, half-back Charles Stirling, had been taken prisoner.

At the start of the war local newspapers published Rolls of Honour of men who had volunteered.

Parish churches also created Rolls of Honour which were often framed and placed in the vestibule of the church and recorded in the Kirk session minutes. It was hoped that these Rolls would encourage others "to a sense of duty".

A Recruitment Poster.
A Stirling Observer Recruitmant Advert.