'Empire Day was commemorated on Sunday by a
Parade of the National Reservists and the Fire Brigade and a
Drumhead service held in the band kiosk in the Park. Fortunately
the weather held fine for the service and parade and the event
attracted considerable attention.
The fall in was at two p.m. at the Drill Hall and Captain F.
C. ARKWRIGHT, D.L., J.P, the officer commanding the Branch at
Matlock, was present, together with the secretary, Quartermaster
The Parade was about forty strong, and headed by the Matlock
United Silver Prize Band, which played most inspiring music
to and from the service, and also led the hymns with great ability.
The men on parade included:
Quartermaster J. NUTTALL
Quartermaster H. CLAY
Col. Sergt. Jas. GIBBS
Drum-Major W. COCKING
Sergt. J. TUMMON
Sergt. F. WHITE
E. W. BARNES
F. C. BALGUY
J. H. HOUSLEY
J. K. BAGSHAW
J. H. BROWNSON
E. F. HOPKINSON
W. G. STONE
F. D. BAXTER
J. H. BLAYMIRE
B. T. TALBOT
C. J. CROFT
The Fire Brigade, under Captain NUTTALL, turned out in their new uniforms
and looked very smart and up-to-date.
On reaching Causeway lane the parade was continued to the southern
end of the Park, and then a circuit was completed by the Broad Walk
until the band kiosk was reached.
Here the Rev. A. W. SCOTT, the chaplain of St. John's Church, Matlock
Dale, conducted the service and was assisted by his surpliced choir.
The hymns were sung with great spirit, especially the ever popular
"Onward Christian Soldiers."
THE REV. GENTLEMAN, as usual, delivered a most appropriate sermon.'
It is interesting to compare the above names with those listed on
the Matlock War Memorial (see Surnames
A - J and Surnames K - W).
At the outbreak of war later in the same year  men volunteered
for active service. Conscription for unmarried men came into being
in 1916 and was followed shortly afterwards by the conscription of
married men aged 18 to 41 years of age. Without looking up too many
names it is likely that most of the men listed above were too old
to serve. But they all undoubtedly played an active part in recruitment.
An earlier report of the annual meeting (High Peak News, 14th
February) said the branch was very successful and had grown rapidly
since it was formed in October 1912. By the annual meeting membership
was given as 128. Captain Arkwright said 'the Branch was a Register
of men who had served their King and country to be ready to duty in
an emergency.' Arkwright joked that 'even if they were beyond the
limit of age they might find themselves able to do good. (Hear, hear).
By joining the Branch they had the satisfaction of knowing they were
willing, if not able, to do anything they were required to do'. He
could not have foretold what was to come, as these men saw their sons,
grandsons and nephews off to a war they would not return from.