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 Stirlingshire’s War

The War Office issued a notification about how to address all letters and other postal packets intended for members of the Expeditionary Force. Special care was to be exercised addressing correspondence for officers, non-commissioned officers, and men who may have been detached from their units and employed in other appointments. The postage on letters to and from the troops was one penny. Letters would be accepted for registration, but not for express delivery. Private telegrams were to be addressed in the same way as letters, but would be subject to so much delay that all communications would be better sent by post.

After the outbreak of War it was anticipated that letters should shortly be expected by relatives and friends from soldiers at the Front. Stirlingshire newspapers suggested that much of this correspondence would be of general interest, and indicated that they would be glad to receive and publish such letters, wholly or in part. All letters would be carefully returned to the senders.

Cartoons and drawings from the Front began to appear in local newspapers and artists like Bruce Bairnsfather had their work published.

A series of thumb-nail sketches appeared in The Graphic. They were drawn at the front, and illustrated "'Jock' as seen by himself at the front". A footnote stated that everybody likes the 'Jocks' as they were almost invariably called. The sketches included "Guarding the Rum Rations", "Touch me if you daur" and "The Black Watch". The central figure of the page's illustrations was a square-jawed 'Jock'.   


“Guarding the Rum Rations” from The Graphic.

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