The Derby Scheme was introduced in the Autumn of 1915, it required each eligible man aged between 18 to 41 (who was not in a an essential or reserved occupation) to make a public declaration as to whether or not he would attest to join the forces. Those who did attest undertook to go to a recruiting office within 48 hours, but many were taken to one immediately. The enlistee was assigned to a married or unmarried age group (there were 46 groups) and they were given the promise that only entire groups would be called up for active service and given 14 days’ advance notice. Single men’s groups would be called before married.
This is just one of several hundred newly digitised original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk. The material is all held in the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre and over the course of the next few years will be posted on http://www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk (the online picture archive for Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service)