Thurrock Oct 1914: "Poor response" from Grays men to Lord Kitchener

Tilbury and Grays Gazette

September 1914

THE Essex Territorial Force Association held the quarterly meeting at River Plate House, London on Wednesday (2nd September, 1914), when the Earl of Warwick presided.

In the course of his monthly statement Colonel R.H. Colvin said the object of paramount importance today was recruiting, and how to obtain the 500,000 men Lord Kitchener required.

Their local recruiting committee covered the whole county, and had been re-constituted, and in most instances were doing excellent work.

The system of personal contact appeared to be the most profitable, and he mentioned the excellent work accomplished by the High Sheriff in the northern part of the county.

In the little village of Pebmarsh every eligible man came forward in marked contrast to Grays, where there was a poor response.

Also he could not help mentioning what appeared to be a somewhat meagre response to the Lord Lieutenant’s appeal for the Prince of Wales Fund, and probably residents in the county hardly realised that at the present time there were at least 12,000 Essex men serving their country, and very probably be as many more dependants.

He thought he was putting it at a low estimate when he said that probably there would be 20,000 Essex men before long. It was no interest now to anyone if Essex beat Hants at cricket, or if Tottenham Hotspur beat Aston Villa at football.

What they wanted to know was whether these athletes could tackle the Germans. (Hear, Hear). They did not want to know whether a man could run a ten-mile run at a Hunt point, but what they wanted to know was whether these thrusters could chase the Germans. (Hear, Hear}.

He did not think it was the time that foxes should be preserved in this country; they were a luxury which, at present, they were far better without. They were not a food, and they diverted money and men from proper channels. They could not expect the working men to make sacrifices and enlist if the well-to-do stayed at home and enjoyed their selfish pleasure. (Hear, Hear).

All must work, and many must fight; the man who did neither, and did not help his county in it’s needs, must receive the treatment accorded a pariah dog. (Hear, Hear). The services of several V.A. Detachments had been requisitioned in various places to attend on their Territorial troops.

On Monday last he received a telegram requesting him, as county director, to provide refreshment for 140 wounded men, who would arrive at Bishop Stortford. He telegraphed to Lady Warwick, and she, with great promptitude, organised a relief party for these men who had been sent straight from the front. He proposed to organise a permanent relief party from the Red Cross Society to attend all ambulance-trains stopping at Bishop Stortford.

A hospital was being erected at Netley for 500 men, and the Essex branch of the Red Cross Society sent £300 for the erection of a hut, to be called the Essex hut, and it was hoped to raise a further sum of £1,000 to maintain it for twelve months.

It was stated by Mr. James Tabor, J.P. that the Committee hoped that day to get out all the separation allowances for August.

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