Voluntary enlistment 1914-15
‘Your country needs YOU!’
in 'At duty’s call'
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On Saturday 1st August 1914, Germany declared war on Russia. It was uncertain whether Great Britain would join in, and the recruiting office at Great Scotland Yard in London was open for normal peacetime business. Pressure in support of the influences began to be applied as soon as war broke out. It was channelled less through official bureaucracy than through the social structure and through voluntary organisations with a strong middle-class or upper-class tinge about them. F. C. Selous, an old Rugbeian, was one of the founders of Rhodesia. When war broke out he was already over sixty and he had some difficulty in persuading the War Office to employ him, but he was eventually commissioned in the Royal Fusiliers. The Standard, with War Office blessing, appealed for voluntary recruiters. They were advised to provide themselves, from a recruiting office, with details of service in Lord Kitchener's army.

'At duty’s call'

A study in obsolete patriotism

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