Marching off to First World War

Creswell recruits receive a hearty send-off
Creswell recruits receive a hearty send-off
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THIS week’s picture shows Creswell recruits receiving a hearty send-off as they march off to fight for King and country in the First World War.

On the day war was declared, 7th August 1914, the Worksop Guardian reported that everyone in Worksop was talking about it.

Throughout the day members of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and the Notts and Derby regiment could be seen in their uniforms.

The tradesmen in the town appeared to do very little business, most of them stood at their doors and discussed the situation with passers-by.

On the previous night a large crowd gathered outside the Post Office, where the various War Office Proclamations were displayed.

At the Post Office and at the various bill-posting stations notices were exhibited to the effect that his majesty the King, having been graciously pleased to order by proclamation that direction be given by the Army Council embodying the Territorial Forces in the mobilisation, all men in the said force were required to report themselves immediately to their headquarters.

The result was that members of the C (Worksop) Squadron of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and the 6th (Worksop) Battalion of the Notts and Derby regiment were present at the Drill Hall to report themselves and to be medically examined.

A huge crowd gathered at the hall.