On this Day 26th January 1915

Up-country lads training in Penzance

Urgent military training requirements in 1915 saw men travelling all over the country to attend training camps. 

On 26 January 1915 two detachments of the 8th Northampton Regiment arrived at Penzance by train. In total there were about 700 men and it was hoped that during their stay in Penzance the numbers would rise to full battalion strength of 1100. 

The men were greeted by the Mayor and Lady Mayoress (Ald. And Mrs George Poole) and the Penzance Town Band who played the appropriate stirring military music. The band then headed the men as they marched to the barracks at Chyandour. 

It is interesting to note that while men from “up country” were arriving in Penzance for training the newspapers were still full of opportunities in Australia aimed at local men. Page 1 of the same edition of the Cornishman which reports of the men from Northampton carried and advertisement for lads aged 16-20 to take advantage of a £2 passage to Australia where they would find government guaranteed work as farm hands. On the same page the White Star Line advertised its services to to Cape Town and Australia while the Orient Line was advertising passages to Australia and New Zealand.

Cornishman 28 January 1915

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