Essex Regiment & Essex Militia History

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Chelmsford in the second week of WW1

Lord Kitchener made an appeal for 100,000 men to volunteer for the new army of Territorials to form six Divisions making up three Brigades.

Shorncliffe in Kent was nominated as the training centre for the Eastern Division which included the new battalions of the Essex regiment.

 

Warley Barracks

Increased tension showed  when a stranger was challenged by a sentry near to the magazine stores at Warley. The stranger name no reply at which point the sentry fire hitting the hat of the stranger who made off. A member of the medical corps who was nearby at the time was hit by one of the subsequent shots and required medical condition. The stranger was not found.

The Railway

Great Eastern Railway issued a statement explaining that the Government had taken control of the Railways.

The Essex lines was one of those most likely to be affected by the hostilities but a full service was being run punctually at present.

A concentration of troops in the East Coast may affect the service but the company wished to reassure customers that of they visited the coast they would be able to get back to London.

The GER converted its restaurant and kitchen cars into ambulances on most trains.

5th Essex Colours

The Colours of the 5th Essex were brought to Chelmsford Cathedral for safe keeping during the war. The party included Major Fred Taylor commandant of the Chelmsford Companies, Surgeon Captain K S Storrs and Mr G H Wooley.

Separation allowance

The Government announced a separation allowance payable to wives and children of soldiers , reservists or Territorials called up for war service.

The allowance for Privates was 1 shilling and 1 pence per day with an extra 2pemce for boys under 14 and girls under 16 years of age.

Sport

The MCC and FA announced that Cricket and Football would continue as normal during the war. yachting and motor racing were abandoned.

11 members of Wickford Cricket Club enlisted together.

Field Hospital

The mobilisation of the 1st East Anglian Field Ambulance , RAMC was completed and they marched to their war station.

Horses

The army continued to commandeer horses. One lady owner in Colchester shot and killed her favourite two horses after others were taken by the army.

The annual horse show at Southminster was abandoned as people were afraid to bring horses to the show in case the army seized them.

Relief fund for the unemployed due to the war

Relief funds were set up in most areas of Essex to work with the nations Prince of wales Relief fund.