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Express & Star 12 September 1914

Express & Star 12 September 1914

On this day exactly a hundred years ago, 500 territorial army recruits engaged in a display march around Wolverhampton. Their route, which was lined with spectators, was along Goldthorn Hill, Coalway Road, through Bradmore, and on to Dunstall Park via Tettenhall Road, Albert Road and Leicester Street.

This was reported on in the Express & Star on the same day. Once at the racecourse, despite the damp grass, the men engaged in skirmishing practice:

The men had to drop as commanded; in war, they were told, it would be the choice of a bullet in the head or wet clothes. They therefore indulged in the latter now.

They marched on to the Drill Hall in Stafford Street, singing “It’s a long way to Tipperary.”