Monthly recruiting figures for the British Army in the First World War

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This is a table of the number of recruits for the British Army during the First World War, 1914-1918.

All recruits were technically volunteers until January 1916, when men were recruited under the Derby Scheme and as conscripts following the Military Service Act 1916. From July 1917, all recruits were counted as Conscripts.

Month Volunteers Conscripts
& Attested
Total
August 1914 298,923 0 298,923
September 1914 462,901 0 462,901
October 1914 136,811 0 136,811
November 1914 169,862 0 169,862
December 1914 117,860 0 117,860
January 1915 156,290 0 156,290
February 1915 87,896 0 87,896
March 1915 113,907 0 113,907
April 1915 119,087 0 119,087
May 1915 135,263 0 135,263
June 1915 114,679 0 114,679
July 1915 95,413 0 95,413
August 1915 95,980 0 95,980
September 1915 71,617 0 71,617
October 1915 113,285 0 113,285
November 1915 121,793 0 121,793
December 1915 55,152 0 55,152
January 1916 49,411 16,554 65,965
February 1916 18,738 79,891 98,629
March 1916 15,876 113,617 129,493
April 1916 15,119 91,789 106,908
May 1916 31,013 94,755 125,768
June 1916 21,109 135,277 156,386
July 1916 8,611 79,602 88,213
August 1916 8,157 103,614 111,771
September 1916 5,454 65,741 71,195
October 1916 4,906 92,778 97,684
November 1916 3,060 72,998 76,058
December 1916 3,308 48,697 52,005
January 1917 4,652 81,017 85,669
February 1917 4,181 114,060 118,241
March 1917 3,130 116,409 119,539
April 1917 3,125 83,907 87,032
May 1917 4,322 84,172 88,494
June 1917 4,258 77,456 81,714
July 1917 0 60,367 60,367
August 1917 0 49,354 49,354
September 1917 0 37,342 37,342
October 1917 0 36,543 36,543
November 1917 0 30,823 30,823
December 1917 0 24,928 24,923
January 1918 0 35,150 35,150
February 1918 0 33,722 33,722
March 1918 0 30,197 30,197
April 1918 0 78,298 78,298
May 1918 0 84,019 84,019
June 1918 0 88,950 88,950
July 1918 0 59,360 59,360
August 1918 0 29,918 29,918
September 1918 0 22,550 22,550
October 1918 0 23,768 23,768

Source[edit]

UK Parliamentary Papers, 1921 [Cmd. 1193] General annual reports on the British Army (including the Territorial Force) for the period from 1st October, 1913, to 30th September, 1919.