War recruits, Paddinton station, London, 1915
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The departure of Great Western Railway war recruits from Paddington station, led by a Scottish regimental band. Around 50 per cent of the Great Western Railway workforce joined the army during the First World War, and many did not return. Many workers, however, were exempt from joining the army as they were needed at home to do essential war work. The railways were more important than ever during the war, in helping to distribute goods and weapons to the troops.