Monday, 11 September 2017

Boys Refuse to Transport Sand

Sand dobbers at work [Z1432/2/3]

Tuesday 11th September 1917: Four boys from Heath and Reach have appeared in front of Leighton Buzzard magistrates after a summons was issued under Article 42 of the Defence of the Realm Regulations. The boys were charged with refusing to transport sand on September 5th, therefore impeding the production of war material. The case against Frederick Hack, Alvin Charles Hedges and Edwin Cutler, all aged seventeen, and sixteen year old Jack Kenney was withdrawn after they boys apologised for their actions and started work again. The prosecuting solicitor told the Court that the boys had asked for more money in the middle of the week and stopped work immediately. If they were not satisfied they should have waited until the Saturday and given notice in the proper way. The Chairman of the Bench said that such actions in war time were most serious, and that the defendants would be dealt with severely if they appeared again.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 18th September 1917

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