Civilian Reserve

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Civilian Reserve is a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle published in the Daily Express on 13 august 1914.

Civilian Reserve

Daily Express (13 august 1914, p. 4)


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in the subjoined letter to the "Express," describes a new patriotic body which has come spontaneously into existence in Sussex.

To those whose ties, age, or responsibilities render service with the Territorials or the Regular troops impossible, but who are patriotically eager to serve their country, the new movement should have strong appeal:—

To the Editor of the "Express."

Sir, — A movement is on foot by which men who can find no other way of serving their country shall form themselves into local bodies which shall drill and learn to shoot, organising themselves and forming a reserve without worrying the authorities in any way.

In this small town we have raised 200 such men, who are hard at work drilling and at the butts. We have had 250 applications from other centres as to our method of organisation.

I should be happy to send this to any one who desires it. No one can tell the course of this war nor predict how far in a few months' time the existence of some hundreds of thousands of additional men who have some elementary military training may affect the situation.

Windlesham, Crowborough, Sussex.