In November 1914 Orkney became one of the designated prohibited areas a number of aliens of various nationalities residing in Orkney and Shetland were removed to places outside the prohibited areas.
Local people worked tirelessly to provide comforts for serving personnel, and, for example, the Kirkwall War Needlework and Knitting Association in one week despatched mufflers, helmets, mitts, gloves, stockings grey flannel shirts, flannel pants, flannel vests, flannel belts, belts, boxes of chocolates and woollen scarves to the British Red Cross, the Navy League (Scottish Branch) and to Lord Provost of Edinburgh’s Fund for Comforts for men on active service.
On the anniversary of Britain’s entry into the war a joint intercessory service was held in the evening in St Magnus Cathedral, at which there was a large attendance.
The attention of the public was drawn to the importance of restricting the consumption of meat with a view to economising the national supply and avoiding excessive increase of price. Bailie MacLennan suggested the food supply might be supplemented by utilizing the patrol trawlers when possible in fishing.
Messrs Leadbetter & Peters, Eyesight and Spectacle Specialists, Rotherham, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Derby, announced their regret that it would be impossible to visit Orkney owing to Admiralty restrictions. Although applications for permission to visit Orkney had been made both by letter and personally at the Admiralty, this permission had been refused. They would take the earliest opportunity given to them to again visit Orkney as usual.
The shortage of sugar concerned people and many grocers had no white sugar, only a coarse, almost black compound. It was felt that some people were getting more than their fair share of the available supplies, while a proportion was being wasted on expensive confectionary. The Food Controller threatened sugar rationing, if people did not exercise voluntary restraint.
During WWI the Isle of Man became one of the largest settlements of "enemy aliens" in the British Isles.