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JOHN A. SIMPSON - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 08/04/1915 - HFSID 80406

BRITAIN IN WORLD WAR I (JOHN A. SIMPSON) As Clerk of the Woodford Urban Council, he calls a meeting of female Enumerators to conduct a National Registration, prelude to introduction of universal male conscription. Autograph Note signed: "Mrs. Croxford,Please excuse the lateness of this information.

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BRITAIN IN WORLD WAR I (JOHN A. SIMPSON)
As Clerk of the Woodford Urban Council, he calls a meeting of female Enumerators to conduct a National Registration, prelude to introduction of universal male conscription.
Autograph Note signed: "Mrs. Croxford,Please excuse the lateness of this information./JAS" as Clerk to the Woodford Urban District Council, 1 page, 8x12¾. Council Offices, Woodford Green E. [a London suburb], 1915 August 4. Note follows a mimeographed copy of a typed letter bearing Simpson's facsimile signature. The mimeographed text, titled "National Registration Act of 1915", reads in part: "Dear Madam, I am desired by the Council to accept, with thanks, your kind offer of voluntary assistance in the compilation of the National Register for this district, and to inform you that you have been appointed an Enumerator for the distribution and collection of registration forms under the act. Each enumerator's district will include about 100 houses. ..." When Britain entered World War I, service in its armed forces was purely voluntary. In the initial enthusiasm for the war effort, great numbers of volunteers came forward to join the ranks. However, casualties in all the armies were enormous. The United Kingdom alone, not counting Commonwealth nations, would suffer nearly 1 million deaths and nearly twice that many wounded in the course of the war. It was evident by 1915 that voluntary enlistment would not meet the needs of the emergency. The National Registration Act of 1915, also called "the Derby Scheme" after its formulator, Edward Stanley, the Lord Derby, called for registration of all British males between the ages of 15-65, with employment listed. Incentives were created for those thus registered to enlist, but this too proved insufficient. In January 1916, Britain declared all unmarried men between the ages of 19 and 41 to be conscripted (although not all were called to duty). The Registration list was used to determine who would be called. John A. Simpson was simply a local official doing his duty under the Act. Woodford, an affluent suburb in the north of London, has been home to many famous Britons, including Prime Minister Clement Atlee and suffrage leader Sylvia Pankhurst. Winston Churchill represented the constituency in Parliament from 1945 to 1964. Normal mailing folds. Corners and edges lightly worn. Stain on top margin. Lightly toned. Small stains throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.

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