This column appeared in the September 11, 1914 edition of the Belper News: “It is particularly gratifying that Belper has not been behindhand in supplying recruits during the present crisis.
“To the 64 enlisting for foreign service who left the town on Friday for medical examination at Derby must be added another 200enrolling for foreign or home service who have not yet been called upon. Probably we will be able to make a total of 300 from the Belper district before another week has elapsed.
“It is regrettable that there are still a great many people, especially in our villages, who have not yet grasped the seriousness of the present war.”
It comes as we continue our Pennies for our Heroes appeal to plant trees in memory of Belper’s heroes. You can donate at the Royal British Legion branch in Strutt Street, Belper.