Youngsters get taste of military life at historic Padiham hall

Youngsters get taste of military life at historic Padiham hall

Youngsters get taste of military life at historic Padiham hall

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Youngsters got a taste of national service at a military day staged at Gawthorpe Hall in Padiham. Children met a ‘Sergeant Major’ who put them through their paces to see if they were fit enough to join Kitchener's Army.

He got them square bashing and explained what life was like as a World War One ‘Tommy’.

‘‘Sgt’ John Meredith from Lancashire County Council’s education team tried out his parade ground lungpower and, below, put Rose Horgan and Chloe Huetson through their paces with a rifle drill and ear bashing.

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6:33pm Fri 30 May 14

Copperhead says...

Despite what many of the older generation might say, National Service was not welcome, either by the vast majority of the lads who had to endure it, and not at all by the Forces who had to constantly train reluctant conscripts when what they really wanted was to concentrate on willing volunteers.
My late Uncle was a career soldier - Royal Signals - who was " drafted " in WW2 and stayed on as a regular as he enjoyed service life. But I remember as long ago as the 1960s, when so many men who had had to do National Service were moaning that what my generation needed was " a bloody good haircut and 2 yrs in the Army ", he was against it. He always maintained the forces needed willing volunteers who wanted to be professional soldiers and that conscription was totally out of date by the 1950s and not wanted, certainly in his experience, as the army ( and, I presume the other forces ) didn't want to waste time and resources on men who were gone after only 2 yrs.
Despite what many of the older generation might say, National Service was not welcome, either by the vast majority of the lads who had to endure it, and not at all by the Forces who had to constantly train reluctant conscripts when what they really wanted was to concentrate on willing volunteers. My late Uncle was a career soldier - Royal Signals - who was " drafted " in WW2 and stayed on as a regular as he enjoyed service life. But I remember as long ago as the 1960s, when so many men who had had to do National Service were moaning that what my generation needed was " a bloody good haircut and 2 yrs in the Army ", he was against it. He always maintained the forces needed willing volunteers who wanted to be professional soldiers and that conscription was totally out of date by the 1950s and not wanted, certainly in his experience, as the army ( and, I presume the other forces ) didn't want to waste time and resources on men who were gone after only 2 yrs. Copperhead
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9:41pm Sun 1 Jun 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

National Service, National Codswallop more like.
National Service, National Codswallop more like. 2 for 5p ridesagain
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