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On Elizabeth's 14th birthday, England and Germany went to war. "It all seemed so terribly exciting," Elizabeth later recalled. "People throwing their hats in the air, shouting and cheering. The atmosphere was electric and everyone couldn't wait to get at the enemy." Her brothers were just as eager as anyone, and four of them served in the conflict with their Highland regiments.

Glamis Castle was converted into a convalescent home for officers, and the first patients arrived just in time to celebrate Christmas 1914 with the family. Young Elizabeth became general factotum, walking the two miles to the village and back to post letters or shop for tobacco and sweets. In 1915, her brother Fergus was killed just one day after returning to the front after being home on leave. Two years later, Michael, the youngest of the serving sons, was reported missing in action but, some time later, the family received a postcard saying he was in a German prison camp, badly wounded but alive.

Finally the war was over. And, as the last of the 1,500 soldiers who had experienced the hospitality of Glamis Castle left, Elizabeth's brother Michael came home.
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