[ The British Colony of Petrograd and First World War recruitment. ] Printed pamphlet: 'An Appeal Addressed to the British Colony of Petrograd and to Englishmen throughout Russia.'

Author: 
D. Dickinson, Hon. Secretary to the Recruiting Committee, English Colony of Petrograd [ Russia in the First World War; Sir George Buchanan; Field Marshal Lord Roberts; Lord Kitchener; recruitment ]
Publication details: 
'Petrograd, | 16 / 29 October 1914.' Watkins & Co. Printers.'
£220.00
SKU: 20313

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, aged and worn, with a few small ink stains. Headed: '"England expects that every man will do his Duty".' Begins: 'At a meeting of the British colony of Petrograd held at the New English Club on Saturday, October 11/24, at which his Excellency Sir George Buchanan presided, it was decided to enrol a body of recruits from among the British colony in Petrograd. His Excellency explained that instructions to act in this matter had been received by him from the Foreign Office and, in order to remove any misapprehensions which might exist, he read the telegram he had received in which it was stated that men would be met on arrival and taken over by military authorities. Lord Roberts, on being informed that the meeting was to be held, had sent the following telegram […]'. The telegram expresses pleasure at the actions of the colony, ending 'IT IS AN HONOUR TO TAKE THE FIELD WITH OUR GALLANT ALLIES AGAINST THE COMMON ENEMY OF CIVILIZATION AND HUMANITY. | ROBERTS, Field Marshal.' The 'situation' is 'reviewed' by 'Dr. Kean', and 38 men respond to the call for volunteers 'for Lod Kitchener's army'. The names of the members of the 'Recruiting Committee' are given as: 'Mr. A. W. Woodhouse (H.M. Consul), Mr. Cecil Mackie (H.M. Vice Consul), Dr. Wm. Kean and Messrs. Alonzo Linguard, Harold Hartley, William Hartley, T. E. Stephens and D. Dickinson.' The document discusses the duty of able bodied men to respond ('No Englishman can be compelled to bear arms, […] what we cannot be compelled to do by force of law we are bound to perform by every consideration of patriotism and honour.'), the 'hatred of England' of the 'enemy' (who will 'stop at nothing to attain his ends'), 'the medical examination' ('Those to whom this appeal is addressed may aid our gallant army by offering themselves for the medical examination which, through the courtesy of the Russian military authorities, will be made in Petrograd.'), the practicalities involved ('The passing of a volunteer by the doctors will not bind him to go. […] His fare to England and back will be paid […] If he leaves any who are dependant on him the committee will endeavour to arrange that the whole or a portion of his wages shall be paid and that his home shall not be broken up. […] enquiries on this point may be addressed to the honorary secretary, Zastavskaia, 5, (Tel. 18-62)'). It ends with 'a few words addressed to those who, for one reason or another, must remain behind.' No copy in the Imperial War Museum collection, on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC, and the only other copy traced among the Philip Lunn papers in Leeds University Library.