The Wider War Effort
While some enlisted others did what they could and a strong community spirit ensured Maltonians rallied around the war effort.
On Saturday 15th August there was a meeting of Malton Employers in the Malton Museum. It was unanimously agreed that employees who join the forces should have their places reserved, and for married employees half wages of not less than 10s and not more than 15s per week would be paid 
One of the biggest problems was that the declaration of war came just before the harvest started. Men enlisting and leaving for army training left a big gap in the farming labour force. The newspapers carry details of a continuing debate about the suitability of women and children to help with the harvest.
Those in charge of the Malton Savings Bank anticipated Maltonians withdrawing large sums of money and went to great lengths to reassure their customers that there was no need to withdraw more money than necessary for normal needs and received a guarantee from the government that 'they will be prepared to supply the Bank with as much Money as may be required to meet all demands.'
A Malton Women's War Clothing Guild met regularly at the Friends Meeting House, knitting and sewing clothing for the soldiers [3}
 Malton Messenger, 22 August 1914
 Malton Messenger, 8 August 1914
 Malton Messenger, 19th September 1914
Malton and Norton Co-Operative Society
The above society will present free 1/2 lb of tobacco or cigarettes to every man from Malton, Norton or Old Malton now serving with the Expeditionary Force.
Will friends kindly call at the stores and give the names of the soldier, number and regiment, when the above present will be duly despatched FREE OF DUTY AND POSTAGE
Malton Messenger, 26 September 1914