I fibbed to en­list

The People - - LIFESTYLE -

Pri­vate Thomas Mcin­doe 12th Bat­tal­ion, Mid­dle­sex Reg­i­ment 1914 – ENG­LAND It was see­ing the pic­ture of Kitch­ener and his fin­ger point­ing at you.

Any po­si­tion that you took up, the fin­ger was al­ways point­ing to you.

When I con­fronted the re­cruit­ing of­fi­cer he said that I was too young, al­though I had told him I was 18 years of age then. I re­turned home. I picked up my bowler hat and I donned that think­ing it might make me look older. I pre­sented my­self to the re­cruit­ing of­fi­cer again and this time there was no queries. I was ac­cepted. I was 16 that June.

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