Rallies were held across the country in an attempt to get men to enlist as conscription was still a few years off.
“With the object of gaining recruits in this great national emergency a meeting was held on the Cowfold Cricket Ground on Saturday evening....
“Lord Leconfield then called for volunteers. Some thirty men at once stepped right up to the platform, amid the applause of those present.
“Gradually the total increased as the names were being taken by Colonel Godman and each new arrival was heartily cheered... In all 56 names were taken.
“On Monday the men were conveyed in motor-cars lent by some of the neighbouring gentry to the headquarters of the 4th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment for enrolment.”