Army Recruitment Contingent 1915
|Army Recruitment Contingent
SL038 + SL039 + SL062 + SL068 & SL093 These photographs were originally taken onto a glass
slides by E.E.Slater of Hopeville, Yeadon.
They have been digitally transferred for
us by John Hobson
by drummers a contingent of soldiers march through Yeadon watched by crowds of
This was part of a recruitment drive to encourage men to join the
soldiers are parading on land outside Westfield Mills on Kirk Lane.
By 1915 it
was obvious that voluntary recruitment was not providing enough men, in July of
that year the Government had passed the National Registration Act to stimulate
recruitment and also to ascertain how many men aged 15 - 85 were employed as
The findings of this census led to compulsory conscription in January
1916. Westfield Mill was one of the many local mills, pubs, clubs etc which
formed fund raising drives to provide comforts and help for the families of
servicemen, theirs was "Westfield Mill Soldiers and Sailors Charity"
marching towards Kirk Lane on a recruitment drive. Voluntary recruitment ended
in January 1916 when the Military Service Act was introduced, single men between
the ages of 19-41 were conscripted into service, the age was lowered to 18 in
May 1916 and then also included married men.
location is a field on Kirk Lane, the troops are resting after a march through
the town followed by drill and speeches in the field.
On the left is a building
now used for equipment hire (Oct 2013), this is at the corner with Walkers Row, the wall in
the background surrounded the mill pond for Manor Mill.
Army contingent had been brought to Yeadon on a recruitment drive, in this scene
the men are marching off down Kirk Lane from fields in front of Westfield
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