‘Their name liveth for evermore’
in 'At duty’s call'
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The most productive period for individual memorials, before the Great War, was the nineteenth century, with its plentiful crop from the wars of the Empire. War memorials may be realistic, like the innumerable infantry privates up and down the country or the brutal stone howitzer with its crew at Hyde Park Corner. The Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny prompted noisy patriotism, but the mid-Victorian was clear enough about the distinction between a soldier and a civilian. The civilian might join the Volunteers, and many did when a French threat appeared in the 1860's. The flow of infantry volunteers dried up at once and the Imperial Yeomanry became attractive to many men who would not otherwise have considered enlisting. The stipulated qualifications for recruits to the Imperial Yeomanry, riding and shooting, were not seriously tested and recruits were given no training at home and little, except by experience, abroad.

'At duty’s call'

A study in obsolete patriotism


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