Sam CoultonTerritorial Force of the 8th Battalion of the West Riding Regiment
Sam Coulton was born in 1894. In 1911, he was living with his parents, William and Louise, and his four sisters at 68 Long Lane, Harden.
When he joined the Territorial Force of the 8th Battalion of the West Riding Regiment in 1912, he gave his occupation as an Iron Plainer.
The Territorial Force (TF) was the volunteer reserve component of the British Army from 1908 to 1920, when it became the Territorial Army. The TF was envisaged as a home defence force for service during wartime.
Units were liable to serve anywhere within the United Kingdom when the force was embodied, but could not be compelled to serve outside the country. However, any member or unit of the force could volunteer to be liable for overseas service – in 1910, when asked to nominate for Imperial Service overseas in the event of mobilisation, less than 10% of the Force chose to do so.
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