Initial Recruits

CLB pin
The Rooms Provincial Museum 986.790

CCC pin
The Rooms Provincial Museum 984.154

Most of the initial recruits were from St. John's. One of the key reasons was the existence of a number of church youth groups. The Church Lads' Brigade (CLB) of the Church of England was the first to be formed in the city in 1892. The Catholic Cadet Corps (CCC) followed in 1896, the Methodist Guards in 1900, and finally the Newfoundland Highlanders (Presbyterian) in 1907. Accompanied by their respective bands, these groups were instructed in drilling and became familiar with military-style discipline. Over time more men from other areas of Newfoundland and Labrador began to join up as recruitment efforts spread. Many young men lied about their age so that they could enlist. (This later included Thomas Ricketts from Middle Arm, White Bay, who was only 15 when he enlisted. Ricketts would become the youngest soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry in the face of the enemy.)

The Evening Telegram (August 28, 1914, p. 7)