Yard lads were in at the deep end

ALTHOUGH First World War propaganda would have us believe that most men marched happily off to war, the facts tell a different story.

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Between 1914 and 1916, the British Expeditionary Forced was made up of volunteers but, with casualties mounting, conscription was brought in.

These John Brown employees in Clydebank, seen here at a lunchtime conscription drive, would soon be 'called up' to do their bit for King and country.

Although the Government pledged not to send teen-agers to serve in the front line, all single men aged 18-41 were declared available for military service.

Luckily, some of the more skilled Clyde workers were spared the trenches and fought the war by building destroyers.


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