Diary of Edgar Clarence Worsfold, item 5

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Mobilized

It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was

mobilized for the Great War which had been

slowly coming for years before it actually

happened as I was only a territorial or

Saturday Night Soldier as they used to call us.

I was fortunate enough not to go straight

out to France but we all had to Parade

at our Headquarters 27 St  John's Hill

Clapham Junction S.W 23 Batt London Regt.

I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning

and met crowds of people there. Wives,

sweethearts and mothers who imagined we

were going straight out to France without

even a bit of Breakfast anyway we lined up

as for Battalion Parade and were issued out

with our Necessary Kit such as Ammunition

Iron Ration Pay Book also an Housewife

the officer came and ask me if I had an

Housewife I said yes but I musnt take

Her must I. Well he said I dont no  know  what

they mean anyway we found it meant a

Small case with Needles Pins Cotton in case

we became unput anytime. After that we

all had to pass the Doctor which was a

Proper farce all we had to do was to file

Passed  past  him and he said Fit whether you

were Blind or just able to walk. Cause we

had the usual dodgers which you must

expect on an occasion like this what

we term swinging the Lead or windups

 but they had an Inspection Later and they

found whether they were Fit or not anyway

after all this Fuss we had Dinner of Stew.

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Mobilized

It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was

mobilized for the Great War which had been

slowly coming for years before it actually

happened as I was only a territorial or

Saturday Night Soldier as they used to call us.

I was fortunate enough not to go straight

out to France but we all had to Parade

at our Headquarters 27 St  John's Hill

Clapham Junction S.W 23 Batt London Regt.

I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning

and met crowds of people there. Wives,

sweethearts and mothers who imagined we

were going straight out to France without

even a bit of Breakfast anyway we lined up

as for Battalion Parade and were issued out

with our Necessary Kit such as Ammunition

Iron Ration Pay Book also an Housewife

the officer came and ask me if I had an

Housewife I said yes but I musnt take

Her must I. Well he said I dont no  know  what

they mean anyway we found it meant a

Small case with Needles Pins Cotton in case

we became unput anytime. After that we

all had to pass the Doctor which was a

Proper farce all we had to do was to file

Passed  past  him and he said Fit whether you

were Blind or just able to walk. Cause we

had the usual dodgers which you must

expect on an occasion like this what

we term swinging the Lead or windups

 but they had an Inspection Later and they

found whether they were Fit or not anyway

after all this Fuss we had Dinner of Stew.


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  • January 24, 2018 02:24:14 Thomas A. Lingner

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was

    mobilized for the Great War which had been

    slowly coming for years before it actually

    happened as I was only a territorial or

    Saturday Night Soldier as they used to call us.

    I was fortunate enough not to go straight

    out to France but we all had to Parade

    at our Headquarters 27 St  John's Hill

    Clapham Junction S.W 23 Batt London Regt.

    I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning

    and met crowds of people there. Wives,

    sweethearts and mothers who imagined we

    were going straight out to France without

    even a bit of Breakfast anyway we lined up

    as for Battalion Parade and were issued out

    with our Necessary Kit such as Ammunition

    Iron Ration Pay Book also an Housewife

    the officer came and ask me if I had an

    Housewife I said yes but I musnt take

    Her must I. Well he said I dont no  know  what

    they mean anyway we found it meant a

    Small case with Needles Pins Cotton in case

    we became unput anytime. After that we

    all had to pass the Doctor which was a

    Proper farce all we had to do was to file

    Passed  past  him and he said Fit whether you

    were Blind or just able to walk. Cause we

    had the usual dodgers which you must

    expect on an occasion like this what

    we term swinging the Lead or windups

     but they had an Inspection Later and they

    found whether they were Fit or not anyway

    after all this Fuss we had Dinner of Stew.

  • January 24, 2018 02:16:47 Thomas A. Lingner

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was

    mobilized for the Great War which had been

    slowly coming for years before it actually

    happened as I was only a territorial or

    Saturday Night Soldier as they used to call us.

    I was fortunate enough not to go straight

    out to France but we all had to Parade

    at our Headquarters 27 St  Johns Hill

    Clapton Junction S.W 23 Batt London Regt.

    I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning and met crowds of people there. Wives, sweethearts and mothers who imagined we were going straight out to France without even a bit of Breakfast anyway we lined up as for Battalion Parade and were issued and with our Misonary Kit such as Iron Nation Pay Book also an Housewife the officer came and asked me if I had an Housewife I said yes but I musnt take Her must I. Well he said I dont know what they mean. anyway we found it meant a Small case with Needles Pins Cotton in case we became unfit anytime. After that we all had to pass the Doctor which was a Proper I missing all we had to do was to File Passed him and he said Fit whether you were Blind or just able to walk. Cause we had the usual dodgers which you must expect on an occasion like this what we term swinging the Lead or missing but they had an Infection Later and they found whether they were Fit or not anyway after all this Fuss we had Dinner of Stew.


  • January 24, 2018 02:06:56 Thomas A. Lingner

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was

    mobilized for the Great War which had been

    slowly coming for years before it actually

    happened as I was only a territorial or

    Saturday Night Soldier as they used to call us. I was fortunate enough not to go straight out to France but we all had to Parade at our Headquarters 27 St  Johns Hill Clapton [gun...]  S.W 23 Bolt London Regt. I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning and met crowds of people there. Wives, sweethearts and mothers who imagined we were going straight out to France without even a bit of Breakfast anyway we lined up as for Battalion Parade and were issued and with our Misonary Kit such as Iron Nation Pay Book also an Housewife the officer came and asked me if I had an Housewife I said yes but I musnt take Her must I. Well he said I dont know what they mean. anyway we found it meant a Small case with Needles Pins Cotton in case we became unfit anytime. After that we all had to pass the Doctor which was a Proper I missing all we had to do was to File Passed him and he said Fit whether you were Blind or just able to walk. Cause we had the usual dodgers which you must expect on an occasion like this what we term swinging the Lead or missing but they had an Infection Later and they found whether they were Fit or not anyway after all this Fuss we had Dinner of Stew.


  • January 23, 2018 17:43:44 Antonios Matsos

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was mobilized for the Great War which had been slowly coming for years before it actually happened as I was only a territorial or Saturday night soldier as they used to call us. I was fortunate enough not to go straight out to France but we all had to Parade at our Headquarters 27 St  Johns Hill Clapton [gun...]  S.W 23 Bolt London Regt. I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning and met crowds of people there. Wives, sweethearts and mothers who imagined we were going straight out to France without even a bit of Breakfast anyway we lined up as for Battalion Parade and were issued and with our Misonary Kit such as Iron Nation Pay Book also an Housewife the officer came and asked me if I had an Housewife I said yes but I musnt take Her must I. Well he said I dont know what they mean. anyway we found it meant a Small case with Needles Pins Cotton in case we became unfit anytime. After that we all had to pass the Doctor which was a Proper I missing all we had to do was to File Passed him and he said Fit whether you were Blind or just able to walk. Cause we had the usual dodgers which you must expect on an occasion like this what we term swinging the Lead or missing but they had an Infection Later and they found whether they were Fit or not anyway after all this Fuss we had Dinner of Stew.


  • January 23, 2018 08:25:41 Victoria Frâncu

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was mobilized for the Great War which had been slowly coming for years before it actually happened as I was only a territorial or Saturday night soldier as they used to call us. I am fortunate enough not to go straight out to France but we all had to Parade at our Headquarters 27 St  Johns Hill Clapton missing S.W 23 Bolt London Regt. I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning and met crowds of people there. Wives, sweethearts and mothers who imagined we were going straight out to France without even a bit of Breakfast anyway we lined up as for Battalion Parade and were issued and with our Misonary Kit such as Iron Nation Pay Book also an Housewife the officer came and asked me if I had an Housewife I said yes but I musnt take Her must I. Well he said I dont know what they mean. anyway we found it meant a Small case with Needles Pins Cotton in case we became unfit anytime. After that we all had to pass the Doctor which was a Proper I missing all we had to do was to File Passed him and he said Fit whether you were Blind or just able to walk. Cause we had the usual dodgers which you must expect on an occasion like this what we term swinging the Lead or missing but they had an Infection Later and they found whether they were Fit or not anyway after all this Fuss we had Dinner of Stew.


  • January 23, 2018 08:20:00 Victoria Frâncu

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was mobilized for the Great War which had been slowly coming for years before it actually happened as I was only a territorial or Saturday night soldier as they used to call us. I am fortunate enough not to go straight out to France but we all had to Parade at our Headquarters 27 St  Johns Hill Clapton missing S.W 23 Bolt London Regt. I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning and met crowds of people there. Wives, sweethearts and mothers who imagined we were going straight out to France without even a bit of Breakfast anyway we lined up as for Battalion Parade and were issued and with our Misonary Kit such as Iron Nation Pay Book also an Housewife the officer came and asked me if I had an Housewife I said yes but I musnt take Her must I. Well he said I dont know what they mean. anyway we found it meant a Small case with Needles Pins Cotton in case we became unfit anytime. After that we all had to pass the Doctor which was a Proper I missing all we had to do was to File Passed him and he said Fit whether you were Blind or just able to walk. Cause we had the usual dodgers which you must expect on an occasion like this what we term swinging the Lead


  • January 23, 2018 08:17:01 Victoria Frâncu

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was mobilized for the Great War which had been slowly coming for years before it actually happened as I was only a territorial or Saturday night soldier as they used to call us. I am fortunate enough not to go straight out to France but we all had to Parade at our Headquarters 27 St  Johns Hill Clapton missing S.W 23 Bolt London Regt. I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning and met crowds of people there. Wives, sweethearts and mothers who imagined we were going straight out to France without even a bit of Breakfast anyway we lined up as for Battalion Parade and were issued and with our Misonary Kit such as Iron Nation Pay Book also an Housewife the officer came and asked me if I had an Housewife I said yes but I musnt take Her must I. Well he said I dont know what they mean. anyway we found it meant a Small case with Needles Pins Cotton in case we became unfit anytime. After that we all had to pass the Doctor which was a Proper I missing all we had to do was to file Passed him and he said fit whether you were Blind or just able to walk. Cause we had the usual dodgers which you must expect on an occasion like this


  • January 23, 2018 08:15:15 Victoria Frâncu

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was mobilized for the Great War which had been slowly coming for years before it actually happened as I was only a territorial or Saturday night soldier as they used to call us. I am fortunate enough not to go straight out to France but we all had to Parade at our Headquarters 27 St  Johns Hill Clapton missing S.W 23 Bolt London Regt. I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning and met crowds of people there. Wives, sweethearts and mothers who imagined we were going straight out to France without even a bit of Breakfast anyway we lined up as for Battalion Parade and were issued and with our Misonary Kit such as Iron Nation Pay Book also an Housewife the officer came and asked me if I had an Housewife I said yes but I musnt take Her must I. Well he said I dont know what they mean. anyway we found it meant a Small case with Needles Pins Cotton in case we became unfit anytime. After that we all had to pass the Doctor which was a Proper I missing all we had to do was to file Passed him and he said fit whether you were Blind or just able to walk.


  • January 23, 2018 08:10:54 Victoria Frâncu

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was mobilized for the Great War which had been slowly coming for years before it actually happened as I was only a territorial or Saturday night soldier as they used to call us. I am fortunate enough not to go straight out to France but we all had to Parade at our Headquarters 27 St  Johns Hill Clapton missing S.W 23 Bolt London Regt. I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning and met crowds of people there. Wives, sweethearts and mothers who imagined we were going straight out to France without even a bit of Breakfast anyway we lined up as for Battalion Parade and were issued and with our Misonary Kit such as Iron Nation Pay Book also an Housewife the officer came and asked me if I had an Housewife I said yes but I musnt take Her must I. Well he said I dont know what they mean. anyway we found it meant a Small case with Needles Pins Cotton in case we became unfit anytime. After that we all had to pass the Doctor which was a Proper


  • January 23, 2018 08:08:51 Victoria Frâncu

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was mobilized for the Great War which had been slowly coming for years before it actually happened as I was only a territorial or Saturday night soldier as they used to call us. I am fortunate enough not to go straight out to France but we all had to Parade at our Headquarters 27 St  Johns Hill Clapton missing S.W 23 Bolt London Regt. I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning and met crowds of people there. Wives, sweethearts and mothers who imagined we were going straight out to France without even a bit of Breakfast anyway we lined up as for Battalion Parade and were issued and with our Misonary Kit such as Iron Nation Pay Book also an Housewife the officer came and asked me if I had an Housewife I said yes but I musnt take Her must I. Well he said I dont know what they mean. anyway we found it meant a Small case with Needles Pins Cotton in case we became missing anytime. After that we all had to pass


  • January 23, 2018 08:05:21 Victoria Frâncu

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was mobilized for the Great War which had been slowly coming for years before it actually happened as I was only a territorial or Saturday night soldier as they used to call us. I am fortunate enough not to go straight out to France but we all had to Parade at our Headquarters 27 St  Johns Hill Clapton missing S.W 23 Bolt London Regt. I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning and met crowds of people there. Wives, sweethearts and mothers who imagined we were going straight out to France without even a bit of Breakfast anyway we lined up as for Battalion Parade and were issued and with our Misonary Kit such as Iron Nation Pay Book also an Housewife the officer came and asked me if I had an Housewife I said yes but I musnt take Her must I. Well he said I dont know what they mean. anyway we found it meant a Small case with Needles Pins


  • January 23, 2018 07:57:26 Victoria Frâncu

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was mobilized for the Great War which had been slowly coming for years before it actually happened as I was only a territorial or Saturday night soldier as they used to call us. I am fortunate enough not to go straight out to France but we all had to Parade at our Headquarters 27 St  Johns Hill Clapton missing S.W 23 Bolt London Regt. I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning and met crowds of people there. Wives, sweethearts and mothers who imagined we were going straight out to France without even a bit of Breakfast anyway we lined up


  • January 23, 2018 07:56:32 Victoria Frâncu

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was mobilized for the Great War which had been slowly coming for years before it actually happened as I was only a territorial or Saturday night soldier as they used to call us. I am fortunate enough not to go straight out to France but we all had to Parade at our Headquarters 27 St  Johns Hill Clapham missing S.W 23 Bolt London Regt. I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning and met crowds of people there. Wives, sweethearts and mothers who imagined we were going straight out to France without even a bit of Breakfast anyway we lined up


  • January 23, 2018 07:52:09 Victoria Frâncu

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was mobilized for the Great War which had been slowly coming for years before it actually happened as I was only a territorial or Saturday night soldier as they used to call us. I am fortunate enough not to go straight out to France but we all had to Parade at our Headquarters 27 St  Johns Hill Clapham missing S.W 23 Bolt London Regt. I arrived about 6 o'clock in the morning


  • January 23, 2018 07:47:30 Victoria Frâncu

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was mobilized for the Great War which had been slowly coming for years before it actually happened as I was only a territorial or Saturday night soldier as they used to call us. I am fortunate enough not to go straight out to France but we all had to Parade at our Headquarters 


  • January 23, 2018 07:46:17 Victoria Frâncu

    Mobilized

    It was on the fourth Day of August 1914 when I was mobilized for the Great War which had been slowly coming for years before it actually happened as I was only a territorial or Saturday night soldier as they used to call us. I am fortunate enough not to go straight out to France


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August 4, 1914
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  • Western Front




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