Calling up the older men

The First World War took a dreadful toll on the lives of soldiers. By 1918 all the younger men had been called up and even with the huge help of the allies – Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and other ‘Empire’ peoples, not to mention the Americans, there were still not enough men. In the UK it was time to call up, or rather ‘call out’ men approaching the age of fifty who had served in the forces before. We have a poster about this call out at Market Lavington Museum. It is large and quite hard to photograph due to a reflective, protective covering. But here it is.

Poster calling out reservists born in 1870/71 for First World War Service

Poster calling out reservists born in 1870/71 for First World War Service

Presumably such notices were posted prominently in every community. The wording is couched in very legal jargon, but the message is clear. Former soldiers born in 1870 and 71 were being called up and would have to serve, like it or not. These were man aged 46 – 48. In terms of fitness they were getting on a bit.

But maybe they made the difference for of course, later that year the allied forces prevailed and the war ended.

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