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Saturday 2 January 1915 - Farm labourers and the war

Category World War I: Labour issues/Military Tribunals
The Evesham Journal
Transcription of article


To the Editor of the “Evesham Journal”


If many more farm labourers are enlisted agriculture will come practically to a standstill. To those in the country districts suffering from what may be called recruiting hysteria this may not be of much consequence, but to those accustomed to take a proportioned and saner view of things it must be a matter of very vital interest. Already there are many farms without any labourers at all on them, and if the present rate of enlistment from purely agricultural districts continues we may expect, at any rate, a quarter of the land of England to be uncultivated by next autumn.

The result of this – even in the improbable event of our trade routes being unmolested.