Sydney John Ancill lived in Sandyford Place in Glasgow with his parents, brother and two sisters. His family were in the clothing business and before the First World War his mother ran a ladies outfitters in Sauchiehall Street.
Richard, or 'Dickie', Hubbard Arroll was a successful businessman running a painting and decorating company when the First World War started. He was also an advocate for physical fitness.
The Baths made changes to membership fees to support the men who were away fighting and women working as nurses.