UK - More than a million men and women in agriculture did their patriotic duty by producing the nation’s food or fighting on the front line, during a time of crisis.
Around 250,000 farmers enlisted with the British Army during the First World War. At the same time 66,000 soldiers, 12,000 members of the Women’s Land Army and 148,000 women helped to tend the countryside to produce food to support the war effort.
NFU President Meurig Raymond, whose father fought during the war, said: “As the nation continues its remembrance to those who gave so much during a time of conflict, the NFU wanted to pay its tribute, however small, to those who fought and died during the Great War."
“We also wanted to pay tribute to those who helped to feed the nation during the war producing food to feed our nation was seen as a key supporting role in the ongoing conflict and we join everyone in remembering the sacrifices that took place many years ago – ones which are still felt around the world today.”
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