People in Moray communicated events on the Home and Fighting Fronts in a variety of ways. The main methods were newspapers, diaries, books, posters, letters and postcards.
On 8th August 1914 DORA, the Defence of the Realm Act, saw the government clamp down on what could be published. Newspapers were restricted on what they could write about the war and there was often a time delay in reporting events.
Despite these restrictions local newspapers in Moray gave extensive coverage to what was happening, while also giving effective coverage of life in Moray and not least the support given to the war and the wounded.
Letters and postcards now give an invaluable record and not just of what was happening in the trenches. For example there is an excellent exchange of postcards between Lossie skipper John Campbell and his family as he commanded his minesweeper trawler along and across the English Channel.
Nationally there was a wide range of art work and propaganda art created during the war, but little evidence, as yet, of much coming from Moray.
Poetry became an important expression for some at war. And while some local verse has been found, there remains the opportunity to possibly discover more and to compare it with the established poets whose verse, made popular some years after the war, changed the public’s perception of that event.
Many of the combatants of the First World War recorded daily life in a diary, some by Moray men and women have been traced. But surely there are more to be found in cupboards, drawers and boxes. Perhaps also diaries were kept by men and women at home, with these too giving a superb insight to life in Moray.
The Moray’s War project seeks to track down, the diaries, letters, postcards, poems and art work of Moray’s people during the Great War and to make them available as a priceless record of that time.