Recruitment and Training

Recruiting day in Caterham

Recruiting Day, Caterham, April 14 1915.
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When war was declared, Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, was under no illusion that it would be anything other than long and costly and launched his appeal for volunteers to form the new armies which he knew would be necessary to sustain Britain’s war effort.  After a relatively slow start, recruiting surged in late August and early September 1914 as news came through of the heroism and losses sustained by the British Expeditionary Force.  478,893 men joined the army between 4 August and 12 September, including 33,204 on 3 September, the highest daily total of the war.

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