One of the first consequences of the war was that factories went on short time because of uncertainty about demand for their products. In the first week of the war thousands of people across the county were made idle. The Argyll Motor Works employees had their hours cut back in August 1914 from 54 hours per week to 40. The working hours were and the Singers Works went on to short time working.
The Argyll Motor Works soon became the Royal Naval Munitions Factory, Alexandria, making shells for the Navy and it became very important to the local economy with its good wages, predominantly female work-force, and the demand for housing. In economic terms, those who remained at home enjoyed a good life.
Many people went up to the Alexandria shooting range on Millburn Muir to practice with firearms in the first few weeks of the war.
The public were warned against using the River Leven after dark as armed patrols were guarding it.
Exemption from serving in the armed forces caused resentment as many people felt that there were many young single men working in munitions, whose jobs should go to married men with families, particularly those who had been discharged from the armed forces. Terms such as "shirkers" and "cowards" were commonly in use.
Argyll Motor Works which became Royal Naval Ammunitions Factory.