“This is a time when every man, who is not otherwise serving, should join this force”

The Volunteer Training Corps was a home defence militia for older men – a precursor to the “Dad’s Army” Home Guard of the Second World War.

We were pleased to welcome at Church Parade the Officers and Men of the Newbury Company of the 2nd Battalion of the Berks Volunteer Regiment [sic], on the 3rd [December 1916]. This is a time when every man, who is not otherwise serving, should join this force. The volunteers may yet have a very important part to play in the war.

Newbury St Nicholas parish magazine, January 1917 (D/P89/28A/13)

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