In the August 1 edition of the Buxton Advertiser, a leader proclaimed “We are ready” for the war.
The following week, under the leader “When War Comes Home”, it observed that “the little towns and most remote of rural hamlets” would know it.
Buxton and Glossop would probably fall into the first category and readers of the High Peak Advertiser of August 7 were informed of the “Eager Rush to the Colours by Peakland’s Hardy Sons” and of the patriotic scenes in Glossop. Here the 6th Battalion (Territorials) of the Cheshire Regiment had been ordered “to assemble without delay for actual Military Service”. Anyone failing to do this and who was not incapacitated was deemed to be a deserter! The MP for High Peak Sir Samuel Hill Wood, a significant Glossop mill owner, now living at Park Hall, Little Hayfield, would be active in these formalities.