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Title:The rank and file of the colonial army in Nigeria, 1914-18
Author:Barrett, John
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Great Britain
military recruitment
colonial forces
World War I
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/159794
Abstract:World War I resulted in a European mobilisation of African manpower on a scale unknown until that time, with the possible exception of the South African mines. The Nigerian Administration alone recruited 13,980 troops, and supplied approximately 10,000 carriers, so that the British armed forces in this period even outpaced the tin mines and railways as an employer of Nigerian manpower. From where did the British recruit this force? What type or class of Nigerian found his way into the colonial army during this period? What were the motives for volunteering as a soldier or enlisted carrier? What degree of compulsion did the Administration employ? How, and to what extent, was discipline achieved and maintained within this force? What opportunities for advancement or training did the colonial army hold out for its rank and file? These are the questions which this article sets out to examine; Recruitment of soldiers - Motives for enlistment - Compulsion and discipline - Advancement and modernisation. Ref.