Women were keeping Britain running as increasing numbers of men were conscripted to fight in the trenches. However not everyone was happy about females working, as this letter to The Courier editor shows.
From The Archives
At the start of the 20th century, the British Empire was home to one fifth of the world’s population. One Arbroath man played a part uniting Nigeria and bringing it under British control.
As more and more men went off to fight, women became a driving force in the workplace. As well as working in munitions factories, they often took over traditionally male roles.
Parts of Courier Country are no stranger to flooding.
While today most people marry in a religious building or registry office, in 1916 it was not unheard of to marry in the bride’s home. On this day in 1916 in Monikie Lieutenant William Addison married Miss M J Storrier Mackenzie. The reporter did not record her first name.
The Battle of Jutland was fought off the coast of Denmark from May 31 to June 1 1916.
Many men asked to be exempted from conscription during the First World War. Tribunals were held up and down the country to hear cases of men looking to be exempted from conscription. Conscientious objectors refused to fight on grounds of pacifism, religion or freedom of thought, though some did agree to take on non-combat roles.
The First World War saw many teenagers join the ranks at the front. John Chalmers was killed in action at the age of just 18.
Peter Thompson was one of the first from the Fife village to sign up. He was injured after losing his helmet in a bombing raid.
Persistence paid off for one Black Watch man. Having been rejected for service previously and having travelled thousands of miles to enlist, he is awarded a medal for bravery.