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Category: Recruitment

At the outbreak of the War, the Reservists were mobilised amongst great enthusiasm, anticipating that the Germans would be defeated by Christmas.

The toll on the Navy and Army and the rapid need for more troops required the recruiting of more volunteers.

On Dartmoor, few men were willing to leave their occupations to sign on – much to the frustration of the Lord Leiutenant and the recruiting officers.

By 1916, the requirement for men was massive. For the first time, the government decided that compulsory recruiting was necessary and conscription was introduced.

The opportunity was given to men to appeal against being recruited by appearing before tribunals. Some chose to join the Army, but not bearing arms, while others chose to refuse to wear uniform, and the absolute conscientious objectors were sent to centres where they were required to work.