Women at War

Excerpts from various Ross-Shire Journals, 1917

Fair Ross-Shire Munitioneers

Many girls from the north of Scotland, including several from Avoch, are “doing their bit” for King and Country somewhere in the south.

Life there is not all mignonette and roses, much as the authorities have done to to make better the inherent difficulties of the work. Some of these girls face no little danger day by day, but by observing the rigid precautions they put danger well behind them with carefulness as their constant ward. Their life is not unhealthy, as their appearance in their workmanlike uniform clearly shows and the spirits of the girls are well maintained. They help at sales of work for wounded soldiers and sailors in their spare time, and in one area, were able to hand over £100 to the Treasurer, Miss Margaret Jack (33 High Street) (top right of photo), and Miss Janet Reid, Secretary, 31 High Street. (bottom right)

As they work, they know they are speeding the time when “Tommy and Jack” will return, full of gratitude for their fair munitioneers, and ready and willing to form new Hearths and Homes.

Robb’s laundry, Rosemarkie, 1917.
Back row, 3rd from left: A Davidson, M McAskill, J J Patience, J Reid, J MacLeman
Middle row, extreme right: J Patience?
Front row, 2nd left: A Ralph

Third from left, standing, Margaret MacIntosh

Avoch ladies at Boots, Nottingham

In working gear.
Front row:
?, Jane McLeman, Jessie Reid, Catherine McLeman, ?, ?, ?
2nd row, centre: Annie Jack

Annual garden party held by management for staff.
Back row: Janet Jack, Jessie Reid
Middle row:
Annie Sutherland, Bakie Patience, May Jack, Betsy Reid (Dock), Janet Patience, Janet Ross, Katie Wilson
Seated: Margaret Smith, ?, ?