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Age For WW1 Service

PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 8:20 am
by coliniok
My Grand father was born 1874----Which would make him 40 in 1914
Would he still have served in the WW1 or was he too old


RE: Age For WW1 Service

PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:36 am
by paulberyl
Hi Colin,

Have only just picked up on your message. The upper age limit for recruits in 1914 was 40. When conscription was introduced in 1916 it applied to single men and childless widowers between 18 to 41. By 1918 conscription had been extended to include all men aged 18 to 51. Therefore it is possible that your great grandfather served during the First World War.

My grandfather was a pre-war reservist and he enlisted on 6th September 1914 aged 46 years old, so even in 1914 men over 40 were enlisting.