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British Recruitment WW1

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Source One This source comes from the book 'Forgotten Voices of the Great War' written by M. Arthur and published in 2002. The source shows the story of one man's recruitment into the army. However the source shows how the recruitment officer, encouraged the man to lie about his age, so he was eligible to recruit for the army. This shows the eagerness of the government to recruit as many people as possible, it shows this because the recruitment officers, were not rejecting people and were pressuring under age boys into lying about their age so that they could sign up, which I was a highly illegal and immoral act. This source was accompanied by many other sources all concerning different aspects and events that occurred in WW1. The book was entitled 'Forgotten Voices of the Great War', this inclines that the book's purpose was not to portray, the illustrious Generals nor the decorated majors, but the privates. The purpose of the book was not to persuade people to think differently about the war, nor present one side as the 'bad guys', it was simply meant to be a platform in which the honest privates of the army could have their voices heard, their storied read, their memories shared. The source also shows how easy it was to recruit, and how permanently available recruitment offices were. ...read more.

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Source 11 Source 11 is a recruitment song, from 1914. Its purpose was to encourage and pressure people into signing up. It attempted to pressure people to sign up by using words like 'your'. This implied that it was a duty to fight for 'your' king and country and choosing not to fight would be betraying your king and country. It encouraged people into signing up by talking about how the recruits would be missed and how when they returned triumphantly they would be greeted like heroes. This song however is far from the truth. The song's intentions were to persuade people to sign up for the army, and these intentions are reflected in the choice of words and imagery within the song. These intentions make the source very inaccurate, and biased. It can be classed as biased, because instead of presenting a truthful image of what the war will be like, the song portrays the war, as a simple, straightforward conquest, which it most definitely wasn't. However, it may have not been deliberate deception that the government attempted to use on the public, but overwhelming stupidity. The government may well have believed in every word of this song, believing the war would be finished swiftly and that the men would return unscathed. The source is useful for answering the question, because it shows another form of media, that the government exploited to encourage people to recruit. ...read more.

Conclusion

I hadn't thought anything about it. He said 'I've joined my brother's regiment, the Honourable Artillery Company. If you like, come along, I can get you in.' I left the office at lunchtime and went to City Road. My friend pulled me out of the queue so I went right up to the front. My friend introduced me to the sergeant-major who said 'Are you willing to join?' I said 'Yes Sir'. He said 'How old are you?' I said 'eighteen and one month.' He said 'Do you mean nineteen and one month?' I thought for a moment and said 'Yes Sir'. He said 'Right - ho, sign, here.' So that was my introduction to the army. Source Nine 9. From 'Personal Memories' by Alfred Blake. I had a dead end job in a dead end town. Here was a chance to see the world. Source Eleven 11. A recruitment song from 1914 Oh we don't want to lose you, But we think you ought to go, Four your King and your country Both need you so. We shall want you and miss you, But with all our might and main, We shall cheer you, thank you, kiss you, When you come back again. Source Three 3. Private Godfrey Buxton - Royal Army Medical Corps I'd had one year up at Cambridge and then volunteered for the Army. We were quite clear that Germany would be defeated by the 7th of October when we would go back to Cambridge. Saville Lumley Poster ...read more.

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