Blog21 Sep 2010
Our military expert Paul Nixon, pictured, answers your questions.
From Jan Coupland:
‘I’d like some information about 4th V Bri.York Reg. a volunteer force during World War I. Was this the WW1 ‘Dad’s Army’?’
‘The role of the Volunteers during WW1 is a generally over-looked topic – not surprisingly really considering the momentous events that were happening elsewhere in Europe. KW Mitchinson has written the definitive volume about the Volunteer Force, formerly the Volunteer Training Corps, in Defending Albion – Britain’s Home Army 1908-1919 (Palgrave Macmillan, £50).
If there was a WW1 Home Guard equivalent, the Volunteer Force was certainly it. Members of the Volunteer Force (who were usually time-expired old soldiers) wore a brassard with the initials GR (Georgius Rex) emblazoned upon it. This led to them somewhat unfairly being dubbed ‘Georgeous Wrecks’ or ‘God’s Rejects’.’
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