People

People

As the war went on, food became scarcer, and in 1918 the Government finally introduced rationing.
Stirlingshire newspapers began to print lists of men wounded and killed in action.

People were concerned about how the war would affect their employment. It was thought that the situation would have far-reaching effects. Work was handicapped by the export trade being practically brought to a complete standstill. Work continued in most industries although on restricted lines, in some cases on three days of the week.

The haste and eagerness that people had shown to buy supplies of food only lasted for a short time, and in most of the shops in business was extremely quiet. "Terribly slack" was how a well-known provision merchant described the position to a newspaper reporter. Many people had bought enough food to last them for a month. It was not profitable step, because they had bought at high prices, and the prices were now coming down.

Church members of the Territorial force attended services, and special services were conducted.

Patrons of the theatres continued to give an enthusiastic reception to the entertainment that was on offer. One was described as a "Scotch domestic comedy" with laughter-provoking incidents about life in a Scottish tenement. In cinemas, people rose to their feet and joined in the National Anthem. Audiences became quite enthusiastic, and Sir Edward Grey, Mr Asquith, Winston Churchill, Lord Roberts, and Lord Kitchener were all warmly applauded.

More sobering news began to arrive from Europe and Stirlingshire newspapers began to print lists of men wounded and killed in action, as well as reporting stories about individual experiences and acts of bravery.

© Alistair McEwen