At the request of several of the inhabitants Offenham was selected for a route march on Wednesday last. The Evesham company fell in at headquarters, accompanied by the Town Band, under Bandmaster Mace, who kindly volunteered their services. The Badsey squad, under Sergeant Addis, and the Bretforton squad, under Sergeant Allard, fell in at Aldington Siding. The company was nearly 100 strong on arrival at Offenham, under Sergt. Dyer, of the 8th Worcesters. A recruiting meeting was held at the Maypole, Offenham. Speeches were delivered by Lieut. Mark Warner, of the 8th Worcesters, who had come with Sergt. Dyer from Worcester, especially for the meeting, and Mr Aldington, of Offenham. Earnest appeals were made to the youths of Offenham by both speakers. They emphasised the point that on no account must the Volunteer Training Corps serve as an excuse for eligibles not enlisting. We understand that the net result of the march was three recruits up to Wednesday evening. Mr and Mrs Kettle Canning kindly placed their house at the disposal of the band and others who were not on parade while the meeting was being held.
Category World War I: The Home Front
The Evesham Journal
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