Scarcity of farm labour leads to the recruitment of children

Farmers were so desperate for labour they had to recruit schoolchildren – and schools had to extend the summer holiday to accommodate this.

11th September 1916.

The managers decided to extend the holidays till the 11th to enable the children to help in the harvest field owing to the scarcity of labour.

Tom Hoodley (12 yrs) has been granted conditional exemption [to leave school before the statutory age], he is working for Mr A. Buckland, Forsters Farm.

Aldermaston School log book (88/SCH/3/3, p. 58)

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