Extracts from the News

Champion marathon runner Tom Longboat among the first to enlist

New Liskeard Speaker

Friday, August 14, 1914

Transcribed by: Dion Loach

  Well Done, Tom

     Tom Longboat, the champion Marathon runner, was amongst the first to enlist to go to the Old Country as a soldier.  When the officer objected to Tom because he was married, he insisted that he must go and fight for his country, and they let him go.  Tom ought to be a good one on the forward march.

Contrary to what this article reports, there is no evidence that Tom Longboat attempted to enlist prior to February 1916.