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 Dunbartonshire’s War

The impact of the war was felt in family life and one of the biggest results of the war was an absence of skilled workers which led to a local labour crisis.

On 24 March 1915, an article published in the Kirkintilloch Herald reported that the effect of so many men being withdrawn from industries by the war, and of the great demand upon many trades to furnish munitions of war, was making itself felt in the Labour Market.

Trades that were affected by war contracts continued to be very busy, with a great deal of overtime.

The scarcity of agricultural labour was creating problems for the harvest and a food shortage meant that some soldiers were released from duty to help in the fields. When soldiers were no longer able to support the farmers, school children were drafted in to help.

By 1916, some 200 people were travelling from Kirkintilloch into Glasgow each day to work in the munitions factories. More doctors were needed and there were water shortages because skilled plumbers had enlisted. On more than one occasion, requests were made for the release of a plumber from the army.

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