In July 1914 the Royal Train travelled through Fife taking the King and Queen to Dundee, German naval ships were moored on the Tay, people were striving for votes for women or looking forward to an abundant fishing season. By August the clouds of war in Europe had darkened, prices rose and men left for the Forces.
Over the next four years Fife would experience the loss of thousands of men, young and old; the disruption of industries and commerce already weakened by overseas competition; the threat and reality of German attack at home and the criminalisation of ordinary people as the Defence of the Realm Act impinged on what had been considered common liberties.
The people of Fife met the challenges of the Great War on the Home Front with acts of individual and local benevolence, patriotism and protest. Their experiences were captured in the contemporary newspapers and in personal accounts, letters and diaries that have come down to us.