Re: Service with the British army in the 1890s #general

Robert Israel <israel@...>

Doug Mason < > wrote:

In 1894, at the age of 18, my wife's great-grandfather was recruited in
the British Army.
His enlistment in the Grenadier Guards was for "Short Service (3 years
with the Colors, and 9 years in the Reserve.)"
Was this likely to have been a voluntary enlistment or a form of
compulsory "National Service"?
I'm pretty sure this would have been voluntary. There was no
conscription in Britain until 1916.

Robert Israel
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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