Civilians and military service
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This chapter considers the impact of 'business' and family responsibilities, before turning to the debates over the fairness of including married men in the conscription laws. In April 1915 Andrew Clark noted that 'on the front of the Mansion-House' in London 'are two enormous posters, yellow with white letterpress. Most middle-class men seem to have shared the general belief that all physically fit men of military age should offer their services to the armed forces. In May 1916 Harold Cossins noted that the Compulsion Act had just passed its third parliamentary reading and would soon become law. Derby scheme, named after the new Director of Recruiting for the Army, was put in place: all men between the ages of nineteen and forty, including those in 'starred' occupations, were called upon to 'attest' their willingness to volunteer.


Middle-class men on the English Home Front, 1914–18


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