Witley, March 5, 1917

Monday       The weather is varying cold winds etc papers claim a food shortage am feeling fairly good

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Back in Toronto, tomorrow’s Globe will report that “the Food Controller’s spokesman in the [British] House of Commons, predicted, in reply to questions to-day [March 5, 1917], that everyone would have to go without potatoes in the late spring and early summer. He said there was unprecedented shortage not only in the United Kingdom but throughout the world.” (1)

eton-schoolboys-potatoes-iwmAs a result, the same report continued, “Everyone is digging in preparation of potato plots on an unprecedented scale.”(1)

The photograph by Horace Nicholls, Q30858 © IWM, shows Eton schoolboys digging potatoes from plots which have taken over the storied playing fields upon which, according to the Duke of Wellington, the Battle of Waterloo was won.

(1) The Globe (1844-1936). March 6, 1917: 1 Archive available from ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”
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