Conscription

In 1911 the population of England and Wales was 36 million according to the census with the population of Chaddesden being 307 males, 279 females. The breakdown of the males living at this time in Chaddesden shows that there were: Under 10 63 10-19 60 20-29 51 30-39 46 40-49 29 50-59 41 >60 17 In 1914 the British Army had approximately 710,000 men at its disposal, all were volunteers. In August 1914 the British Government called for an extra 100,000 volunteer soldiers to come forward. At the time Lord Kitchener was the Secretary of State for War and a major publicity campaign was started. They got 750,00

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