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Title:Military Recruitment in the Gold Coast during the First World War
Author:Thomas, Roger G.
Periodical:Cahiers d'études africaines
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:military recruitment
World War I
History and Exploration
Military, Defense and Arms
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://doi.org/10.3406/cea.1975.2610
Abstract:Although conscription was introduced in the United Kingdom in 1916, there was no de jure extension of this system to the British West African colonies. This has led students of the period to conclude that all the soldiers recruited for the West African Frontier Force during the First World War were volunteers. This paper examines the military recruiting campaigns carried out in the Gold Coast during the war and concludes that this is an oversimplified description of the situation. Sections: Recruitment in the Northern Territories - The Eastern Province - The Western Province - Recruiting methods and effects. Notes, tables, French summary.