Proclamations that mobilised the army

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Calling out the Army Reserve and Embodying the Territorial Force
The Island of Jersey Militia
The Isle of Man Volunteers
Continuing soldiers in army service
Emergency requisitions
Billeting requisitions


BY THE KING

A PROCLAMATION FOR CALLING OUT THE ARMY RESERVE AND EMBODYING THE TERRITORIAL FORCE

GEORGE R.I.

WHEREAS by the Reserve Forces Act, 1882, it is amongst Other things enacted that in case of imminent national danger or of great emergency it shall be lawful for Us by Proclamation, the occasion having first been communicated to Parliament, to order that the Army Reserve shall be called out on permanent service; and by any such Proclamation to order a Secretary of State from time to time to give and when given to revoke or vary such directions as may seem necessary or proper for calling out the forces or force mentioned in the Proclamation or all or any of the men belonging thereto :

And Whereas the present state of public affairs and the extent of the demands on Our Military Forces for the protection of the interests of the Empire do in Our opinion constitute a case of great emergency within the meaning of the said Act, and We have communicated the same to Parliament :

And Whereas by the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act, 1907, it is, amongst other things, enacted that immediately upon and by virtue of the issue of a Proclamation ordering the Army Reserve to be called out on permanent service it shall be lawful for Us to order Our Army Council from time to time to give and when given to revoke or vary such directions as may seem necessary or proper for embodying all or any part of the Territorial Force, and in particular to make such special arrangements as they think proper with regard to units or individuals whose services may be required in other than a Military capacity :

Now, Therefore, We do in pursuance of the Reserve Forces Act, 1882, hereby order that Our Army Reserve be called out on permanent service, and We do hereby order the Right Honourable HERBERT HENRY ASQUITH, one of Our Principal Secretaries of State, from time to time to give and when given to revoke or vary such directions as may seem necessary or proper for calling out Our Army Reserve or all or any of the men belonging thereto :
And We do hereby further order Our Army Council from time to time to give and when given to revoke or vary such directions as may seem necessary or proper for embodying all or any part of the Territorial Force, and in particular to make such special arrangements as they think proper with regard to units or individuals whose services may be required in other than a Military capacity.

Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this Fourth day of August, in the year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fourteen, and in the Fifth year of Our Reign. At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 4th day of August 1914.


Present The KING'S Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

WHEREAS, by virtue of Article 6 of the Act entitled Loi sur la Milice passed by the States of the Island of Jersey on the 10th day of October, 1905, sanctioned by Order in Council made the 11th day of December, 1905, it is lawful for His Majesty at any time by Order in Council to recall to Active Militia Service the Royal Militia Reserve of the said Island or any part thereof, Notice of such recall being given by Pro clamation and by Warning to each reservist at his residence : And whereas the present state of public affairs and the extent of the demand on His Majesty's Military Forces for the protection of the interests of the Empire do, in His Majesty's opinion, constitute a case which justifies such recall of the said Reserve to Active Militia Service :

Now, Therefore, His Majesty, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, is pleased to order, and it is hereby ordered, in pursuance of the said enactment, that the Militia Reserve of the Island of Jersey as a whole be recalled to active service, and that Notice of this Order be given by Proclamation and by Warning, as aforesaid. And His Majesty is further pleased to direct that this Order, together with the Proclamation aforesaid (a copy whereof accompanies this Order), be entered upon the Register of the Island of Jersey, and observed accordingly. Whereof the Lieutenant-Governor or Commander-in-Chief , the Bailiff and Jurats, and all other His Majesty's Officers, for the time being, in the said Island, and all other persons whom it may concern, are to take notice and govern themselves accordingly.

ALMERIC FITZROY.

BY THE KING A PROCLAMATION RELATING TO THE MILITIA RESERVE OF THE ISLAND OF JERSEY

GEORGE R.I.

WHEREAS, in pursuance of the Act entitled Loi sur la Milice passed by the States of the Island of Jersey on the 10th day of October, 1905, and sanctioned by Order in Council of the11th day of December, 1905, We were this day pleased, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, to order that the Militia Reserve of the Island of Jersey as a whole be recalled to active service, and that Notice of the Order be given by Proclamation, and by warning to each reservist at his residence :

Now, Therefore, We do hereby, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, by this Our Royal Proclamation, give Notice of Our said Order, and do direct that Warning thereof be given to each reservist at his residence.

Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this Fourth day of August, in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fourteen, and in the Fifth year of Our Reign.


A PROCLAMATION RELATING TO THE ISLE OF MAN VOLUNTEERS

GEORGE R.I.

WHEREAS by the 17th Section of the Volunteer Act, 1863, as amended by Section i of the Volunteer Act, 1900, it is enacted that it shall be lawful for Us in case of imminent national danger or great emergency (the occasion being first communicated to both Houses of Parliament if Parliament is sitting, or declared in Council and notified by Proclamation if Parliament is not sitting) to direct the Lieutenants of Counties throughout Great Britain, or such of them as we may judge necessary, to call out the Volunteer Corps of their respective counties, or any of them, for actual military service :

And whereas a state of war now exists between this country and Germany, we do hereby, by and with the advice of Our Principal Secretary of State for the Home Department, delegate to Our Lieutenant-Governor of the Isle of Man all such jurisdiction, powers, and duties with regard to calling out the Volunteers as may be vested in and exercisable by Us, and do hereby order Our said Lieutenant-Governor to call out the Volunteer Corps of the Isle of Man forthwith for actual military service.

Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace this Fifth day of August 1914.


BY THE KING

A PROCLAMATION FOR CONTINUING SOLDIERS IN ARMY SERVICE

GEORGE R.I.

WHEREAS by the Army Act it is amongst other things enacted that it shall be lawful for Us in case of imminent national danger or of great emergency by Proclamation, the occasion being first communicated to Parliament, to direct from time to time that all or any persons who would otherwise be entitled in pursuance of the terms of their enlist- ment to be transferred to the Reserve shall continue in Army Service, and such persons shall accordingly continue in Army Service for the same period for which they might be required to serve if they had been ^transferred to the Reserve and called out for permanent service by a Proclamation issued by Us under the enactments relating to the Reserve :

And Whereas the present state of public affairs and the extent of the demands on Our Military Forces for the protection of the interests of the Empire do in Our opinion constitute a case of great emergency within the meaning of the said Act, and We have communicated the same to Parliament :

Now, Therefore, We do in pursuance of the said Act hereby direct that all soldiers who on or after this date would otherwise be entitled in pursuance of the terms of their enlistment to be transferred to the Reserve, shall continue in Army Service until legally discharged or transferred to the Army Reserve. And We do hereby direct the Right Honourable HERBERT HENRY ASQUITH, one of Our Principal Secretaries of State, to give all necessary directions herein accordingly.

Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this Fourth day of August, in the year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fourteen, and in the Fifth year of Our Reign.


AN ORDER AUTHORISING GENERAL OR FIELD OFFICERS TO ISSUE REQUISITIONS OF EMERGENCY
(Under the Army Act, Sec. 115)

GEORGE R.I.

WHEREAS by Section 115 of the Army Act it is amongst other things enacted that it shall be lawful for His Majesty, by Order distinctly stating that a case of emergency exists, and signified by a Secretary of State, to authorise any General or Field Officer Commanding His Majesty's Regular Forces in any military district or place in the United Kingdom to issue a Requisition of Emergency under his hand, requiring Justices of the Peace to issue warrants for the provision, for the purposes mentioned in the Requisition, of carriages, animals, vessels, and aircraft, as prescribed by the said Act :

And Whereas it is further enacted by the said Act that, whenever a proclamation ordering the Army Reserve to be called out on permanent service or an Order for the embodiment of the Militia is in force, His Majesty's Order may authorise such Officers to extend such Requisitions to the provision of carriages, animals, vessels, and aircraft for the purpose of being purchased, as well as of being hired, on His Majesty's behalf :

And Whereas a proclamation ordering the Army Reserve to be called out on permanent service is in force : And Whereas a case of emergency exists within the meaning of the said Act : Now, Therefore, His Majesty, in pursuance of the said Act, is pleased to order and authorise any General or Field Officer Commanding the Regular Forces in any military district or place in the United Kingdom to issue Requisitions of Emergency under the said Act, and to extend such Requisitions as by the said Act authorised.

The Fourth day of August 1914.

H. H. ASQUITH.


AN ORDER AUTHORISING GENERAL OR FIELD OFFICERS TO ISSUE BILLETING REQUISITIONS
(Under the Army Act, Sec. 108A)

GEORGE R.I.

WHEREAS by Section 108A of the Army Act it is amongst other things enacted that where directions have been given for embodying all or any part of the Territorial Force it shall be lawful for His Majesty, by Order distinctly stating that a case of emergency exists, and signified by a Secretary of State, to authorise any General or Field Officer Commanding any part of His Majesty's Forces in any military district or place in the United Kingdom to issue a Billeting Requisition under his hand, requiring Chief Officers of Police to provide billets in such places and for such number of officers and soldiers and their horses and for such period as may be specified in the Requisition in accordance with the provisions of the said Section :

And Whereas directions have been given for embodying all of the Territorial Force :

And Whereas a case of emergency exists within the meaning of the said Act :

Now, Therefore, His Majesty, in pursuance of the said Act, is pleased to order and authorise any General or Field Officer Commanding any part of His Majesty's Forces in any military district or place in the United Kingdom to issue Billeting Requisitions under the said Act.

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