On August 31st it was announced that those who could not at once accept the obligation for service overseas were to be withdrawn from the Territorial units to form "Second Line" Territorial formations intended for Home Defence (The formation of the "Second Line" battalion was authorized on 31st August 1914). The "Second Line" personnel of the Worcestershire battalion was organized at Worcester into a new unit, the 2/8th Worcestershire, which was commanded by Colonel M. Dixon V.D.; and there followed an active campaign to recruit the new unit up to the strength of full battalion.
Thanks to the energy of the officers appointed to command the new unit, the ranks of the new 2/8th Territorial Battalion was filled within only three weeks. The "Second Line" battalion commenced their training; and later there arose behind them yet another formation, the "Third Line," intended to train reinforcements for the "First Line" units when they should take the field of action.
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