The first feeling of excitement and alarm caused in Stirlingshire by the outbreak of war subsided by the end of August 1914 and, with the continuance of hostilities, people became familiar with the state of affairs existing. At no time was there anything which could be described as panic, the public regained its normal composure, accepted the situation calmly, and seemed to have the most complete confidence in the measures adopted by the Government during the crisis.
The war very naturally had a serious effect on industry, but employers of labour made endeavours to provide work for as many employees as possible. Business generally, though in few instances somewhat restricted, was proceeding much the same as usual.
Anticipating the distress which would probably be caused by the war, efforts were being made to procure funds by the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association, and the Committees acting on behalf of the Prince Wales’ Fund.
Arrangements were made by School Boards for the children of school age of men called up for service to receive dinners and teas at the expense of the Boards.
Persons between the age of 20 and 50 were recruited to act as special constables for the period of six months.
The preparations of the Red Cross Society were proceeding favourably. One of the buildings placed at the disposal of the society had already been partially equipped as temporary hospital.
The National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies suspended all political work for the time being, and stated their intention of devoting their entire organisation to assist the sufferers from the economic and industrial dislocation caused by the war.
A number of the annual exhibitions of horticultural societies in the district were abandoned. The Horticultural Society of Airth, and Larbert Parish Horticultural Society, gave notice that their annual shows would not be held.
Some of the pits in the district were now working four days per week, but the majority were on full time. The paper mills, foundries, etc., were all on the four-day week, but, so far, there seemed little likelihood of their closing down altogether.
The provision panic, thanks to the efforts of the authorities in regulating the prices of food stuffs, had died down.
Stirling Castle around 1914. From an old postcard.