3 OCTOBER 1914, Page 21


[To THR EDITOR Or TAM "FirseTAT0s..1 Sin,—As a reader of your paper for many years, I write to say that, in my opinion, the suggestion of the High Sheriff of Surrey to give a bronze badge to be worn by those offering themselves as recruits, but rejected for medical reasons, might not be appreciated by the recipients. I have had con- siderable experience in recruiting since the war began, and have found that when men have been rejected for want of height, lack of chest, weakness of heart or lungs, deficiency of teeth, faulty vision, varicose veins, &c., they are not always desirous to proclaim the fact, which by wearing the proposed badge they most certainly would do. Certainly men offering their services to the country are worthy of all recognition by their fellow-countrymen, but it seems to me the suggestion of the High Sheriff of Surrey is not perhaps the happiest way to show it.—I am, Sir, &c., RECRUITING OFFICER. [Nobody is going to have the badge forced upon him. Those who do not wish it known that they were rejected will not apply for it.—ED. Spectator.]