At the end of September 1914, regional newspapers reported from the Berwick KOSB Recruits camp.
Over 4,500 men volunteered in Berwick in the first six weeks of the war. The Berwickshire News reported: “The strain upon the permanent staff has been severe; and the question of feeding the men has bee a difficult one.”
New arrivals at the volunteer camp were given something to eat, and from the on received full army field rations. At one point there were around 1,100 men in the Barracks and the camp on the Fields. Stuart Bros. stepped in to fulfil a contract for the troops’ underwear.