Lachlan, on 20 November 2011 - 03:26 AM, said:
Regarding TF soldiers who waived their home service rights in 1914, would they :-
- be posted as individuals or groups to regular battalions ?
- be posted only to a regular battalion of the same regiment or perhaps another territorial battalion of the same regiment going active ?
- be held in reserve until needed for a reinforcement draft ?
- be held with their TF battalion if it became active ?
In 1914, the RWF Territorial battalions five in total, varied in the % who didn't
waive their home service. (Ie didn't go overseas). 4th RWF achieved strength within days "with reservists hurrying to our depot in Wrexham". I'm not sure if the adjutant is refering to 4th RWF reservists or RWF reservists in general. Probably 4th RWF reservists; for Frank Richards in OSND states that he as a 2nd RWF Regular Reservist also hurried to Wrexham depot on 4th August. He describes the depot as being so full that he had to sleep on the floor. He also states that "the Depot Sergeant Major would call for volunteers. On the evening of August 7th, he called for 10 volunteers to join the 2nd battalion. Every man there volunteered, and I was one of the selected ten."
To me, that indicates a depot full of reservists vying for the choice places - presumably in both regular and terrier battalions.
The history of the 4th RWF states that 88% opted for foreign service. The other four TF battalions were in their 70s%, and took longer to reach established strength, and didnot embark for France but were earmarked for Gallipoli and the eastern sectors.
The 4th were shipped to France 5th November 1914. The Adjutant also states that the men who didn't embark were older family men, and young boys.