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20th October 1915



In todays' Daily Telegraph: Two weeks after the Earl of Derby was announced in his new role directing recruiting for the Army we saw the first fruits of his work in today’s paper, as page 9 reports his speech at the Mansion House detailing how he proposed to provide “the men whom the military authorities consider necessary for maintaining the strength of our armies in the field and for bringing the war to a successful conclusion.” This would be achieved by dividing the men of the country (presumably on the National Register) into 46 groups, 23 each of unmarried and married men, and concentrating on the former first; although the number of groups does seem rather overelaborate it is by age so presumably it is basically year groups. However, although he said this “is the last effort on behalf of Voluntary service” the description of his plan in the paper doesn’t seem to give much impression that there is much voluntary about it, unless it has missed something out. Nevertheless, a leader on page 8 considered the scheme as “a sound and promising one” and fervently hoped it would succeed, as it foresaw a lot of trouble ahead if conscription became necessary. Also in today’s paper - Today’s new appeal – the Admiral of the Fleet launches an appeal for funds to help the schooling of naval officers’ daughters in a letter on page 7 - More German merchant shipping falls foul to the “liveliest activity” displayed by British submarines in the Baltic – page 9. Not that the Telegraph considers these to be “pirates” like German submarines who act likewise - Italy joins the list of Allied countries to have declared war on Bulgaria, announced in a rather flowery manner on page 9 - The first wounded Allied troops engaged in the Serbian fighting arrive at Salonika – page 9 - Prime Minister Asquith is laid low by gastro-intestinal catarrh – page 9 - More on Edith Cavell’s execution as part of a German “reign of terror in Belgium” on page 10




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