First world war recruitment in Trafalgar Square and now interactive

In the latest of our weekly series of interactive photographs to mark the centenary of the first world war, boys dressed as soldiers stand to attention before a first world war recruitment poster in November 1914. Altogether, 2,466,719 volunteers joined the British army between the outbreak of war and December 1915. However, as the conflict proceeded, fewer and fewer men enlisted, and conscription began at the beginning of 1916 when the Military Service Act was passed.

Photography then and now lets you move through time by tapping or clicking on a historic image to reveal the modern view.

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