Local recruiting, January 1915

From The Star, January 6th 1915. The number of men enlisted in this Island since August 4th, 1914, is 338. Ninety-six have joined the Regular Army and 242 have enlisted in the New Army.

The following men had been enrolled up to this morning:

F H Burnell, ASC, Clerk, Regular Army.
Ernest Charles Riddle, AOC, Kitchener's.
Albert Renouf, RE, Kitchener's.
Adolphus J Lainé, ASC, Kitchener's.
Frank Beauchamp, ASC, Mechanical Transport, Regular Army.
Arthur Winterflood, RHA, Regular Army.
F J Le Poidevin, ASC, Confectioner, Regular Army.
January 7th, 1915: Local Volunteers.

The following left this morning:

Frank Druce, Royal Horse Artillery.
Kenneth Winterflood,¹
A J Laine, and FJ Le Poidevin, Army Service Corps.
A Le P Carpenter. Yorkshire Regiment.
John Moriarty, Royal Irish Regiment.
Ernest C Riddle, Army Ordnance Corps.
Albert Renouf, Royal Engineers.

Mr J A Whittaker left this mroning to rejoin the Royal Field Artillery, and Mr Walter Stone is re-enlisting as instructor, with the rank of Lance-Sergeant, in the Middlesex.

The men whose names are appended enlisted at the Recruiting Office, yesterday:

Christopher F Senner, Army Service Corps.
Albert George Hill, Army Service Corps.
Samuel A Toms, Dorset Regiment.
A J Osborne, Army Service Corps.

Sark news: For the Front.

One of the sons of Mr W A Toplis, the artist, has volunteered for the front. He has only recently returned from Canada, and is now spending a few days on the Island with his parents before proceeding to England to join the Manchester Regiment. It seems incredible that not one of our young men in the Island should have offered himself for service.

There are several young unmarried men amongst us to whom some training and discilline would be most beneficial. They read and are told of other men volunteering, and being eager to respond to the call of their King and country, and yet it seems that nothing will rouse them to a sense of their own duty.

What a blot on the history of the island it will be if, when the war is over, it has to be recorded that not one of its young men answered to their country's call in the hour of danger. We still hope some will volunteer. There is yet time, the need for more men is as pressing as ever.

January 8th, 1915: Imperial Club, send-off of volunteers:

Mr Palmer presented cigarette cases and tobacco pouches to the following members of the club who had volunteered:

Sergeant F Martin, Lance-Corporal W Cherry, Lance-Corporal H Payne, Res. P. De La Mothe, Drummer W De La Mothe, Lance-Corpl H Keyho, Lance-Corporal W Workman, Drummer L Le Blancq, Lance-Corporal C Briand, Private Cyril Scott, Private Cyril Pomeroy, Private F Hill, Private H Mudge, Private E Dennis. A flashlight photograph of the company was taken by Mr T A Bramley.

1 The Star, February 11th, 1915. Death of a Guernsey soldier. We regret to record the death of Kenneth Winterflood, son of the late Mr Herbert Winterflood, of the Vrangue. Deceased enlisted early in January in the Army Service Corps and left on the 7th for Aldershot. Almost immediately after arrival there, he contracted a chill which developed into severe illness, death resulting. Mr Winterflood was buried yesterday at Aldershot with full military honours. Mrs Harwood (his aunt) and Mr Ouseley (formerly lay reader at Holy Trinity) were present at the funeral.

Deceased was formerly a pupil teacher at Melrose School, and was an aimiable young fellow, well liked by all with whom he came in contact. [He was 16 years old at the time of his death.]