The game of bowls continued to grow throughout Scotland, with more greens being laid in towns and villages. With the start of World War 1 in August 1914, however, Club matches, F.B.A. and S.B.A. competitions had to be abandoned. In November, 1914, the Military Authorities took possession of the Club House and installed the 6th Battalion (Territorials) H.L.I., with a fence being erected to protect the green
When the Club House was finally handed back to the Club, the Military agreed to pay the costs for cleaning and any damage to the property, including the damage caused by “12 bullet holes” in the walls. This was caused when pictures of the Kaiser, pinned to the wall, were used for target practise by the occupants.