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Conscription in the First World War.

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on 5 November 2013

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They looked handmade, with small but deliberate stitches. This implies that women put their minds to the war effort and helped out in ways that they could. Also possibly they were actively encouraging their fathers, sons, husbands, brothers and boyfriends to sign up and be heroic.
Conscription and Patriotism at the start of the First World War.
I decided to use the handmade conscription rosettes from the Canterbury Heritage Museum as my inspiration.
This is the only picture remotely similar that I could find, and they are ANZAC conscription rosettes. As you can see they are made in patriotic colours and are very eye catching.
"Britain was swept with a flag waving, patriotic jingoism befitting its great Empire... soon women were getting involved...The iconography of womanhood was a common feature of early war posters, calling on men to enlist and protect British women from violation from hoards of invading Huns..." Roger Landall's 'Canterbury in World War One'.
The Kentish Gazette recorded an enthusiastic meeting at Canterbury Theatre "people of all classes poured into the building... they listened to patriotic airs feelingly played by an orchestra...".
Conscription was only introduced from 1916 to 1919.
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