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Handcross Volunteers (Home Guard) 1914
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Handcross Volunteers (Home Guard) 1914

On his appointment as Secretary of State for War shortly after the declaration of the war, Field-Marshal Lord Kitchener famously issued a call for volunteers to increase the size of the army. He did not believe that the Territorial Force was an appropriate structure for doing this. The public response to Kitchener's appeal was rapid and at times overwhelming as this photograph of the Handcross Volunteers demonstrates. They seem remarkably well equipped with almost every man holding a rifle except for the sergeant major on the right with his swagger stick, and the captain with an umbrella!
Compared with earlier pictures, the fashion of growing beards seems to have passed, and been replaced with bushy Lord Kitchener-style moustaches.

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Back row, third from right is George Tester (1866-1943).
Added by Rex Tester on 05 May 2017
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