Young Farmers in Wartime

The production of food was very much of the essence during World War II. With U-boats attacking merchant shipping in the Atlantic Ocean, Britain was not well placed to rely on foreign imports.  It was a case of all hands to the spade or the plough to ensure the nation had enough to eat. Our youngsters could help in this food production, and here, in market Lavington many children joined the Young Farmers. Our photo shows a rally in the early years of the Second World War.

Young Farmers of Market Lavington in about 1941 - a photo at Market Lavington Museum

Our information suggests this might have been 1941 and we see some 50 boys and half a dozen girls parading through the village under the watchful eye of Mr Stowe who was headmaster of the school at the time. Mr Stowe was also very keen on country crafts and skills and he may have seen this as an opportunity for youngsters to learn more of such matters.

We do not have names attached to faces, but amongst youngsters in this group are members of the Baker, Huxtable, Jenks, Wells, Francis, Gingell, King, Shepherd and Ellis families.

Of course, if you are able to put names to faces then we’d be delighted to hear from you and maybe we can learn more of what the Young Farmers actually did.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the youngsters

Do you recognise any of these Young Farmers?

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