Mr E. C. Titcomb, who has been appointed recruiting officer for this district, convened an informal meeting at the
on Tuesday night to consider the question of recruiting, Major Messel being
present to explain the objects of the gathering. It was decided to hold an open
air meeting in the square tonight (Saturday), when it is hoped the young men of
George Hotel Crawley will give a good account of
The recruitment meeting was deemed a success as recorded by the Sussex & Surrey Courier: - With the view to obtaining recruits for Lord Kitchener’s Army an open air meeting was held in the
Lower Square on Saturday evening, when
there assembled probably the largest crowd ever seen in Crawley.
The Town Band first played selections, under Mr Melville, and also discoursed
suitable music at the close of the meeting, the programme including the
Russian, French, Belgium
and English National Anthems.
Earnest appeals were made to the young men of
Crawley to volunteer their services at this hour of
country’s need, and referred to the war as a righteous war, not of our seeking,
but one which must be fought to a finish for the honour and liberty of the
people. Employers were urged to keep open the positions of those who had joined
the ranks, and all were urged to do their part in seeing that the dependents of
men were well looked after.
Mr E. C. Titcomb also addressed the meeting, and read out a list of those who had already entered their names from
and district. In response to his request for more recruits to come forward,
nine young men stepped forward amid loud applause and added their names to the
list. The greatest enthusiasm prevailed throughout, and it is hoped that other
eligible young men will follow the example of their comrades.