Rugby union footballers are doing their duty | Library of Congress WW1 Posters

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Recruiting poster showing two half-length portraits side by side, of a rugby player and of a soldier.

Rugby union footballers are doing their duty. Over 90% have enlisted. British athletes! Will you follow this glorious example?

“This is not the time to play games” (Lord Roberts).

“Every player who represented England in Rugby international matches last year has joined the colours.” – extract from The Times, November 30, 1914.

London : Publicity Department, Central London Recruiting Depot, [1915]

Printed by Johnson, Riddle & Co., Ltd., London, S.E.

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Richard Marshall is studying for a doctorate in the literature of ancient Rome at Wadham College, Oxford, and is a tutor for Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall. In addition to Classics, he has a long-standing interest in the tactics and material culture of the British Army, especially of the period spanned by the Cardwell Reforms and First World War. He has a large collection of original uniform and equipment items used for teaching and research purposes, and is currently exploring the evolution of British military clothing and accoutrements in response to changes in fashion and warfare for eventual publication. He previously worked as a cataloguer for the Oxford University Great War Archive.
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