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Enlistment In Particular Regiments

Volume 66: debated on Wednesday 26 August 1914

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I beg to ask the Under-Secretary for War whether a man of suitable age and fitness who desires to enlist in a particular regiment can be so enlisted at any recruiting station at which he may apply; and whether he will give instructions to all recruiting stations that this practice should be followed?

The hon. Gentleman only put the question into my hand as I came into the House. As he and the House will see, it cannot always be possible to do what he asks. You cannot enlist in a particular unit beyond a certain establishment, but where it is possible to do it instructions shall be given that it shall be done.