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Offline grandarog

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Re: Communal Feeding of Children in Bearsted
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2016, 11:47:10 »
        Looks like the younger generation was starting to buck the trend and go bare headed . The gal with the bucket looks much younger than the ladies with hats.
       My old Aunt Kitty at Headcorn was still wearing a hat of the same style as WW1 right up till the late 1950.s.
      Here`s a newspaper pic from my archives of her and the other villagers making sandwiches for the Expeditionary Force Troops of WW2, returning on the trains through Headcorn station on their return from the evacuation of Dunkirk. They kept at it for a whole week until the last trainload passed, Aunty Kitty is second left in the Black hat.

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Re: Communal Feeding of Children in Bearsted
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2016, 20:19:22 »
On closer examination the hats pictured are all different, I guess, then as now, no lady liked to wear the same style millinery:)
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Re: Communal Feeding of Children in Bearsted
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2016, 15:38:46 »
My Dad was still wearing his trilby in the 50s , and a knotted hanky when we were on holiday  :)
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Re: Communal Feeding of Children in Bearsted
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2016, 14:57:22 »
And it was very much a status symbol as well for men. "Working class" wore caps (some, maybe a trilby on special occasions); "office staff", trilbys or boaters; "management", bowlers & "THE bosses"- e.g directors or aristocracy, top hats. This carried on, more or less, up until WWII.

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Re: Communal Feeding of Children in Bearsted
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2016, 09:21:48 »
Most woman wore hats in those far off days.
Stuart.....

Most men did too....
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Re: Communal Feeding of Children in Bearsted
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2016, 21:03:24 »
Most woman wore hats in those far off days.
Stuart.....
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Re: Communal Feeding of Children in Bearsted
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2016, 20:40:23 »
For more details about Bearsted, Kathryn Kersey ( of Bearsted) has written the history of. Afraid we don't have the book ( my wife was born  there in 1929- Barty Farm- & lived there until 1953 when we got married), just helped with the contents, but I'm sure it will give more details of this Communal Feeding in WW1, including the women & their hats!

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Re: Communal Feeding of Children in Bearsted
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2016, 08:58:53 »
Could this have been part of the National Kitchens scheme.

Full details here - National Kitchens

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Re: Communal Feeding of Children in Bearsted
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2016, 23:45:29 »
Thanks conan. No ldea about the hats, I am sure that the answer is out there somewhere  :)
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Re: Communal Feeding of Children in Bearsted
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2016, 23:29:40 »
Lovely photos HERB COLLECTOR.I noticed that most of the women have the same style hat. Do you have any idea what organization they belong to? I've had a quick scan through the net but turned up a blank.
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Communal Feeding of Children in Bearsted
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2016, 21:08:49 »
Communal feeding in Britain during the First World War.

Photos: Imperial War Museums.

IWM (Q 30634) A cook preparing a meal which is supplied to children at Bearsted Kent at 1/3 pound per week.

IWM (Q 30637) Children being supplied with a midday meal ......... Bearsted, Kent.

IWM (Q30636)

IWM (Q 30639) Women feeding pigs with waste from the canteen at Bearsted, Kent.

More photos @ http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/search?query=Bearsted&items_per_page=50&f
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