Tuesday 4th August 1914: Greenock
7pm Notice posted at the Town House calling up Reservists*. “War Declared”
*Reservists are men who had previously served in the Regular Army and who undertook to re-join in an emergency. They had to spend some time on training each year and were paid a weekly allowance.
Wednesday 5th August 1914: Greenock/ Leith
Left here for Edinburgh, reported at the Castle and sent to Leith. Billeted in a school for the night.
Thursday 6th August 1914: Leith
We are billeted here for a few days till we are fitted with our uniforms.
Friday 7th August 1914: Leith
We were issued out with our Field Service Kit and Equipment today. I have met a great many of my old comrades and more are turning up every hour. R. Farrell my old chum in the Black Watch* being one of the first I met.
*The Black Watch – The Royal Highlanders