Speech about the Battalion of the National Volunteer Home Defence Force

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

On 21 january 1915, at the meeting organized by the The Benchers of Gray's Inn held at the Connaught Rooms (London), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave a speech about the Holborn Battalion of the National Volunteer Home Defence Force.


  • President : Mr. G. P. Porter (Mayor of Holborn)
  • Hon. Treasurer of Gray's Inn : Sir William Byrne
  • Speakers :

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Report from The Times

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who spoke at the meeting, said there was only one thing which would beat the military spirit of Germany, and that was the sporting spirit which was essentially a British characteristic, and which he believed would be the saving of this nation in the present war. It was the spirit which never knew defeat, and which was drawing out old fellows who were just aching to do something for their country.

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