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johnboy

Can anyone give me figures for numbers of men that volunteered for service and number of conscripts during ww1?

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IPT

As no-one clever has answered, I will post this paragraph that is on Wikipedia

 

"The upper limit on the number of men conscripted is usually calculated by assuming that all recruits after 1 March 1916 were conscripts: 1,542,807 men, 43.7% of those who served in the Army during the war. However, Derby had enlisted 318,553 single men in Special Reserve B, who were called up in spring 1916, which reduces the conscripted to 37%. The married men who had attested in the Derby plan are harder to categorize because they were not called up from the Reserve but swept up with the rest. It seems that somewhat less than 35% of the men in the army were compelled to serve."

 

I will leave it to brainier people to confirm or refute this information.

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johnboy

Thanks IPT that gives me a rough idea,

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ss002d6252

The post war annual return of the British Army for 1913-1919 (the standard yearly issue was interrupted by the Germans).
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Derby scheme men will be included in 'Groups and classes'.

 

It also, nicely, shows the very similar % of recruitment across the UK.

 

Craig

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johnboy

Thanks Craig

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