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Remembered Today:

Enlisted or Conscript?


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My uncle signed the 'Short Service' form (army form B2512) two days before his 18th birthday in August 1916.

I assumed he was a 'conscript', but that word is not actually mentioned anywhere on the form.

Would he definitely have been a conscript or possibly not?


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Definitely. The paperwork does not contain the word conscript or any variation of it. Conscription means the man was deemed to have enlisted.

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Thanks Chris,

I was asked to write a brief summary of his life (he's one of six men chosen to feature on commemorative stamps this year, and I put . . .' and enlisted on 14th August'.

Better get 'em to change it then!



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