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Taxis with banner We are enlisting for the war BL22698

Taxis with banner We are enlisting for the war BL22698


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Filename: bl22698.jpg

Size: 4819 x 3828 (4.7MB)

Date: 12th December 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

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Taxis with banner We are enlisting for the war BL22698

Taxis outside the a offices at Fanum House, Westminster, London. Motor cars, each with the banner We are enlisting for the war, are lined up outside the Automobile Association Companys head office at Fanum House, Whitcomb Road. They are ready to take a band of Road Scouts to enlist while a crowd gathers to cheer. September 1914. Bedford Lemere

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First World War Home Front People Recruitment


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> England at War > England at War 1914-1918

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> Historic Images > Historic Images 1920s to 1940s > Photos from the Great War

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures a powerful moment in history during the First World War. Taken by Bedford Lemere in September 1914, it showcases a fleet of taxis lined up outside the Automobile Association Company's head office at Fanum House in Westminster, London. Each car proudly displays a banner that reads "We are enlisting for the war" symbolizing the spirit of patriotism and unity that prevailed during those challenging times. The image also features a group of Road Scouts eagerly preparing to embark on their journey to enlist, while an enthusiastic crowd gathers around them, offering their support and cheering them on. This scene reflects the immense recruitment efforts undertaken on the home front during WW1. With its blend of propaganda and mobilization symbolism, this photograph serves as a poignant reminder of how ordinary people played an integral role in shaping history. It encapsulates both the determination of individuals willing to sacrifice for their country and the collective strength found within communities united by a common cause. Preserved by Historic England, this remarkable snapshot offers us a glimpse into an era defined by resilience and solidarity. It stands as testament to the enduring power of photography to capture significant moments that resonate with generations long after they have passed.

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