failed to (take the General Service Obligation) and...
English translation: didn't do it, avoided fulfilling the duty.
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12:17 Oct 19, 2007
English to English translations [PRO] Military / Defense / WWI/Battle of the Somme/British forces
English term or phrase:failed to (take the General Service Obligation) and...
The Territorial Force...was a creation of the Haldane reforms of 1908. This new structure for Britain's reserve forces changed the status of the previous Militia and Yeomanry by linking the units of the new territorials with the Regulars in the same region. They now shared the sames titles, history and depots, but the Territorials were not obliged to serve overseas unless they volunteered to do so. In the autumn 1914 few of these part-time soldiers failed to take the General Service Obligation and many soldiers on the Somme would wear a small silver badge on which was written "Imperial service".
Two questions here:
1) the exact meaning of "failed" : did not do, managed not to do, did it but were bad?...
2) I am confused by the word "and". Does it really make a link between the two parts of the sentence; i.e. I don't understand the relationship (if any) between soldiers failing to take the GSO and those wearing the Imperial service badge.