Citizen Soldiers: The Liverpool Territorials in the First by Helen B. McCartney

By Helen B. McCartney

The preferred snapshot of the British soldier within the First international warfare is of a passive sufferer, stuck up in occasions past his keep an eye on, and remoted from civilian society. This e-book deals a special imaginative and prescient of the soldier's event of struggle. utilizing letters and legitimate assets when it comes to Liverpool devices, Helen McCartney exhibits how traditional males have been capable of keep their civilian outlook and use it to persuade their event within the trenches. those citizen infantrymen got here to depend upon neighborhood, civilian loyalties and robust hyperlinks with domestic to strengthen their morale and problem these in command.

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4 Social classification of NCOs serving in Number 1 Platoon, A Company, 6th Liverpool Rifles, 1918 Classa % of lance corporalsb % of corporals % of sergeants % of NCOs White collar (I and II) 56 Artisan (III) 33 Intermediate (IV) 11 Unskilled (V) 0 60 20 20 0 63 37 0 0 59 32 9 0 a All white-collar occupations in this sample fitted neatly into the Registrar General’s categories. b All percentages are calculated using only known occupations. Source: W. J. Pegge, Nominal roll and foot books, 1/6th (Rifle) Bn, King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, No.

Again, the absence of data constrains the accuracy of the calculations performed, but despite these difficulties the rolls are a valuable and unusually detailed source, of a kind which rarely survives for 1918. 39 40 41 42 J. S. Handley, Memoir, Handley Papers, IWM, 92/36/1, 11. Liverpool Daily Post, 10 September 1914. ’ 25 October 1916, Posting recruits who are called up from Class B. Army Reserve, or who come forward for service before being called up, on or after 1 November 1916, Army Council Instructions, PRO, WO 293/ 5.

50 The Volunteer battalions of the King’s (Liverpool) Regiment were simply numbered differently under the Territorial system, incorporated into a self-sufficient Territorial division, and placed under the auspices of the West Lancashire Territorial Association. 52 Similarly, the Liverpool Scottish continued to attract members with Scottish ancestry from a middle-class background. 53 Given that the new units retained their old character, it is unsurprising that the Territorials attracted recruits for the same myriad reasons as the Volunteers.

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