Life in the area during WWI - shortages
Lack of manpower in fishing and farming contributed to food shortages locally, especially towards the end of the war. By early 1918 food controlling orders had been introduced. Rationing was in force for sugar, tea, butter, margarine and meat, and bread prices were fixed.
As food became scarcer, new regulations were also introduced to discourage hoarding. Authorities discouraged families sending food to the troops.
Restrictions for animal foodstuffs followed in October 1918. Coal was also rationed. As can be seen from this form, rationing continued after the war.
Military personnel were a part of local life in sporting competitions and attending social events. The bands from the US Navy and UK regiments provided music for some occasions. The band from the USS San Francisco which played at Fortrose is pictured here.
Source: The Northern Barrage, Mine Force, United States Atlantic Fleet, the North Sea, 1918 (US Navy 1919)