Sunday, 10 August 2014

Recruitment in Goole

 In terms of archival records very little has survived to document Goole’s involvement in the First World. Fortunately the town has a newspaper which published a weekly newspaper and a twice a week short local news editorial. The Goole Times printed details of nearly every service man from the town killed, awarded gallantry medals, weekly feature articles with pictures of Goole men and also recorded how Goole men were enlisted. It is thanks to the Goole Times that over 3000 men have been listed of a database of Goole men who served in the First World War. Below are two articles extracted from the 1915 Goole Times detailing the impact of the Voluntary Enlistment Scheme established in 1915, naming men whose service record would otherwise have been lost.

Goole Recruiting Returns – 19/03/1915

Response to the Household Circular

Capt. Featherstone, recruiting officer for Goole and district supplies us with the following figures relative to the number of recruits obtained as a result of the issue of the “Household Circular” by the Parliamentary Committee last November. It will be remembered that the circular was accompanied by a form to be filled up by men of eligible age who were willing to serve in the Army when required, if called upon. The 405 men who assigned the form have all been called upon, but only 64 have been enlisted. The following are the figures:

Town
Called
Fit and Enlisted
Medically Unfit
Rejected Under Standard
Already enlisted or working for Government
No Response
Goole
203
22
73
26
92
48
Rawcliffe
30
7
8
3
5
7
Snaith
35
4
11
3
5
12
Askern
27
8
9
3
2
5
Whitley Bridge
15
5
2
3
2
5
Thorne
63
12
25
12
4
10
Airmyn
12
4
3

2

Swinefleet, etc
18
2
9


7
Drax
2

1

1


Recruiting at Goole – 14/05/15

Goole Scoutmaster Enlists

Goole Town F.C. Goalkeeper Enrolled

Since the recruiting demonstration at Goole on Tuesday last week, there has been a steady flow of men to the local Recruiting Office at the Labour Exchange, Goole, to offer their services to fight for King and country, and a number of local men have also gone to enlist at Hull, and others have been secured by the Territorial Regiment, now at York.

In “The Goole Times” last Friday we gave a list of thirty names of men who had been enrolled after medical examination, at the Goole Recruiting Office. Since then twenty-nine others have offered themselves and been enlisted, besides a number of others who were willing to join, but had to be rejected on medical grounds.

Among the recent enlistments are Mr Arthur Florence, scoutmaster of the 1st Goole Troop of Boy Scouts, and himself a “King’s Scout”; C. Guest, another Boy Scout; J C Garner, goalkeeper for Goole Town Football Club; three men from Goole Gasworks; two clerks from the Goole Urban District Council Offices, etc. The following are the names of the recruits accepted since Friday:

Forename
Surname
Record
Herbert
Crosby
Survived
Albert
Walker
Survived
Robert
Johnson
Survived
Arthur
Florence
Survived
Cass
Guest
Underage - discharged
John G
Garner
Survived
Frank
Temple
Survived
James
Ricks
Survived
A W V
King
Survived
George H
Barrow
Survived
John W
Bowman
Survived
Alfred G
Turner
Survived
H C H
Hargreaves
Survived
Louis
Cook
Survived
John A
Edmondson
Survived
Albert
Jackson
KIA
George A
Beavors
Survived
John
Hitchen
Survived
Pike
Henry
Survived
George A
Lane
KIA
George
Gill
Survived
C. Duncan
Miler
KIA
George E.
Isle
Survived
William Oscar
Wright
Survived
Harry
Simms
Survived
George
Glew
Survived
Ernest
Wilson
KIA

In addition to the fifty-nine who have enlisted at Goole since the demonstration and whose names have been published, there are at least five or six who have enlisted at Hull, and another dozen have gone to York, making a total of eighty. 

2 comments:

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  2. while the causers of those wars: monarchs, politicians and of all religion pontifex in their golden palaces were eating partridges... The Evil Empire: religion, armies, monarchies and politicians.

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