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Saturday 23 June 1917 - No time for VTC training when gardening

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


The Chairman of the Worcestershire Territorial Forces Association forwarded Sir Richard Temple’s letter appealing for recruits for the Volunteer Training Corps.

The Chairman said just now the men were engaged all their time on the land, and had no time for training, and if they tried to persuade all they could to join that might meet the case.

Mr Binyon said they had quite a strong company at Badsey.

The Chairman said their Tribunal recommended many men who appealed to join, and they had to go. There might be a few between the age of 17 and 18.

Mr Ashwin said their district had done quite as well as some of the others.

The Chairman said men between 40 and 50 had their time fully employed on the land – on farms – he didn’t know about gardening.