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SHORTAGE OF RECRUITS

The serious need of the country for soldiers was again emphasised at the Recruiting Headquarters, Great Scotland Yard, at the end of October. _ " The plain fact is," said one of the officials, " that if eligible men will not volunteer for the Army in greater numbers than they are doing at present, some form of conscription will be absolutely necessary. I cannot understand their apathy. How they can walk about, knowing every ounce of man hood is required, is beyond me. The youth of England have not yet realised that we are fighting: for our existence as a nation, and until they do so we shall not get the men we want. The reduction in the height standard has so far made no appreciable difference. Friday's figures for London were only 500. Wo can easily doal with 5,000 a day. During the rush of recruits a few weeks back we reached 5,400 on one day, and we have perfected our organisation to deal with that number or more. Moreover, every one of the 5,000 will join his regiment not later than the day following enlistment, and every man joining before 4 o'clock in the afternoon can join his regiment the same day. Wo are still 350.000 short of the second balf-million Lord Kitchener has asked for. nnd until w» ret them we shall not feej at all comfortable."

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SHORTAGE OF RECRUITS, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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SHORTAGE OF RECRUITS Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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