1916 James Castle is conscripted
ENROLMENT PAPER-ex-Soldier Recalled
29/8/16-James is “Recalled” (hand-written top of the page). This form is his enrolment into 4th Res. Bn Yorks Regt. in Northallerton under the Military Service Act 1916*. Age: 32 yrs - 3 mths. Allotted service No 6241, replaced by No 73620-MGC. Service to date: “8 yrs & 6 days-1/4th Bn Yorks Regt. 349 days in France”. (Residing – 2 Melbourne Yard, Northallerton).
Preference for any particular branch? James wrote ASC (Army Service Corps) but was posted to the Machine Gun Corps (with its high fatality rate).
This is Conscription so without good reason James cannot decline to sign-as he did in March 1916.
(* The Act specified that men from 18 to 41 years old were liable to be called up for service in the army unless they were married, widowed with children, or working in one of a number of reserved occupations. A second Act in May 1916 extended liability for military service to married men, and a third Act in 1918 extended the upper age limit to 51.)