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Lives lost on this day: 2

12th July 1915 - Ladies On The Land

Rolling casualty count: 1594

1st Batt: Section I. HQ shelled no damage. Relieved by E. Lancs at 10pm; 2nd Batt: In billets at Le Preol; 3rd Batt: In Bivouac near Busseboom ; Royal Field Artillery: Le Mont Evenic: Right Section 1st Battery under Lt. Perrins marched to take up position E. of Les Brebis L35C NE.

W.A. Fooks, a student at the Worcester College for the Higher Education of the Blind, has just passed the Cambridge Previous Examination, being successful in both parts that the additional subject. Mr. Fooks has also gained the Gardner Scholarship of £60 a year, tenable at Peterhouse, Cambridge;

Some idea of the class of men now serving as privates in the Territorial regiments is given in the fact that one corps alone has two Doctors of Music and six Bachelors of Music in a single platoon;

Ladies on the Land: On the question of the labour shortage, Mr Mytton said that he had the offer of two ladies who were willing to pay their own fares from London if farmers would give them their board. Mr Hiatt said that he had eight of nine University ladies working for him, and they were doing very well. He had put the on topping beans and picking currants. They were engaged on piece work. Fifteen were going down to a friend of his for fruit picking, and that was the class of work for which they would be most useful;

Objection to married women teachers: The Sub-Committee recommended the Committee, on educational grounds, to withhold their appointment of Mrs. Earl (uncertificated) at St. Clement’s Girls’ School, at a salary of £60. Mr. Webb read a letter from the Rev. F.H. Richings (St. Clement’s) expressing surprise at the Sub-Committee’s decision, and contending that a more competent teacher than Mrs. Earl could not be found. As a former teacher she did excellent work. He asked that the decision be reversed. The main objection was that Mrs. Earl was a married woman; ostensibly it was on educational grounds. Mr. Simpson added that another reason was that Mrs. Earl had not taught for several years…Mr. Williams said that married women were rarely any good as teachers, for they were usually concerned with home trouble and duties. They were actuated in returning to school by pecuniary difficulties. To spend money in that way was not proper; it was not just to the children, and was unfair to the ratepayers. Canon Wilson observed that some married teachers were capable of doing very valuable work. The vote on the proposal was a tie leaving Mrs. Earl in position.

Information researched by Sue Redding