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Redcar High Street Decorated

Redcar High Street Decorated

A busy day in Redcar 1908, as Bill Danby tells us: ”This is almost certainly 1908 on the occasion of General French’s visit to the Annual Camp of the Territorial Force. The Territorial Force was started in this year to replace the old Volunteers and Redcar was a regular venue for the camps along with other usually seaside places. The hard training camps were seen as a holiday by lads who spent the rest of the year down pits and in factories. The local 4th Yorks Battalion, TF. were elswhere in this year but did have their camp at Redcar in 1913. General French was in command of the British Army at the start of the First World War until May 1915 when the German gains at Ypres, after using gas for the first time, caused him to be replaced by Gen Douglas Haig.”

Thanks to Bill Danby for the detail.

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  • This is almost certainly 1908 on the occasion of General French’s visit to the Annual Camp of the Territorial Force. [I have sent you other photos of this event by email.] The Territorial Force was started in this year to replace the old Volunteers and Redcar was a regular venue for the camps along with other usually seaside places. The hard training camps were seen as a holiday by lads who spent the rest of the year down pits and in factories. The local 4th Yorks Battalion, TF. were elswhere in this year but did have their camp at Redcar in 1913. You can read about this on my website Here. . General French was in command of the British Army at the start of the First World War until May 1915 when the German gains at Ypres, after using gas for the first time, caused him to be replaced by Gen Douglas Haig.

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