No. 3 Company, Public Schools Battalion, Ashstead, August 1914.

No. 3 Company, Public Schools Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers, in civilian dress, Ashstead, August 1914. Informal group postcard photograph of the No 3 Coy, Public Schools Bn Royal Fusiliers in civilian dress, Ashstead, 1914. Collected by Fletcher Brewer, who joined the Public Schools Bn Royal Fusiliers as a private soldier, and was later commissioned into the Army Service Corps, 1914-1919.Associated with World War One (1914-1918). Lord Kitchener’s initial appeals for recruits for his ‘New Armies’ were met with incredible enthusiasm throughout Great Britain. One of the great successes of the initial recruitment drive was the formation of so-called ‘Pal’s Battalions’. The recruiters felt the established friendship of neighbours and workmates would make men more willing to enlist together. The Public Schools Brigade, part of the Royal Fusiliers, was a classic example.