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Effect of War 1914-18: Recruitment and Conscription
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* Report from Lord Derby to the Cabinet on problems with recruiting, December 1915
(PRO ref: CAB 37/139/26)
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* PRO ref: CAB 37/139/26; report on problems with recruiting, December 1915 *
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Look carefully at this source and consider what it tells you about why conscription was introduced and how people were affected by it. You should consider:
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* What was wrong with the system of starring? *
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* Why were professional and commercial men not joining up? *
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* What was wrong with the system of recruiting? *
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* What kind of lucrative employment was available? *
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* Do you get the impression that men did not want to go to war, or that they simply wanted a fairer and better organised system of recruitment? *
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