- May 2011
- Navan, Ireland
I cannot argument with you about English language but the phrase after which date all voluntary enlistment even for the Territorial Army ceased" I think it is easy to be understood.
After with date means after Conscription Act came into force (it is said January 27th 1916).. all voluntary enlistment (I think it means all the volunteers), the word "even for" (maybe I am wrong but I think it means including... as to say not only for the Army but also for the Territorial Army.. in any case in this forum there are hundreds specialist in English languages.. not me. But word "Even for" I understand as not even volunteers accepted in Territorial Army.. so much less in Regular Army.
No it doesn't so no matter what you'd like to believe the British army even in 1918 was still approx. 2/3 rds made up of volunteers.
I don´t want to believe nothing.. simply I write what I read in OR. You said 66% were volunteers in 1918.. Ok.. I guess you are counting people were volunteers befroe January 1916... I asked to you how to know who were volunteers or not after 1916... and I think... you don´t know how to know it.
"..The upper limit on the number of men conscripted is usually calculated by assuming that all recruits after 1 March 1916 were conscripts: 1,542,807 men, 43.7% of those who served in the Army during the war. However, Derby had enlisted 318,553 single men in Special Reserve B, who were called up in spring 1916, which reduces the conscripted to 37%. The married men who had attested in the Derby plan are harder to categorize because they were not called up from the Reserve but swept up with the rest. It seems that somewhat less than 35% of the men in the army were compelled to serve...."
Recruitment to the British Army during the First World War - Wikipedia
And you were not allowed to join the Territorial army because if you did so that meant you could opt only to serve in the British Isles.