Abberley school log book: extracts relating to World War 1

Abberley village school pupils with W Idris Jenkins (early 20th century).  Photograph courtesy of Heather Hodgetts.

Abberley village school pupils with W Idris Jenkins (early 20th century). Photograph courtesy of Heather Hodgetts.

19 Aug 1914: In accordance with the Circular from the Director shirts and socks are being made for soldiers and sailors by the girls in needlework.

1 July 1915: Many children away, nearly all boys, who are probably helping in the fields owing to a shortage of labour.

20 Sep 1915: Summer holiday extended to September 27 on account of the Harvest. Labour being scarce many boys are employed.  (Temporary exemptions from attending school of up to three months were given under the regulation for dealing with the shortage of labour due to the war.)

31 Aug 1916: Each child has written a letter to a soldier and sent a packet of cigarettes – these for all “Old Boys” or Abberley men.

27 Oct 1916: Received notice from the Education Committee of Rock District that no more exemptions will be granted and that all excluded children must return on 1st November.

1 Nov. 1916: None of the above returned!

29 Mar 1917: The children’s contribution to the “Pound Day” of Kidderminster Infirmary sent – also letters written by elder children to wounded soldiers in hospital.

24 April 1917: The sum of £1 was collected yesterday in aid of the Fund for Wounded Horses (RSPCA)

1 May 1917: Children aged 4 to be admitted until after the War.

19 Oct 1919: Many still away picking damsons or minding babies.

25 Oct 1917: Inspector visited this morning to see if Abberley could not fall into line with other schools and start a War Savings Association. This we are quite willing to undertake and an association will be formed as early as possible.

Extracts provided by Jo Roche.

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