11th August 1914 (Tuesday)


BORN TODAY:  The advertising campaign: “Your King and Country need you: a call to arms”.


In Britain, which unlike its European neighbours has not introduced compulsory conscription, recruiting of volunteers is underway: for example, in the “Swan Hotel” in Oldham.


William J Hayman, “boy soldier” enjoys what will prove to be his last night’s sleep in a bed for the next six months.


In Australia the cavalry regiment for the 1st Australian Division is formed from the 4th “Light Horse Regiment”. It will sail from Melbourne on 19th October and disembark in Egypt in early December.


In New Zealand, in the rural hinterland of Wellington,  farmer and diarist George Adkin attends a recruiting meeting for the “National Reserve” and joins the mounted (ie cavalry) section along with around 40 of his neighbours. A further 30 join the infantry section.




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