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Apprenticeships


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Presumably, most of the BEF, being nineteen, would have had to leave their apprenticeships to join up. Were they granted amnesty - ie they didn't have to buy themselves out of their apprenticeships? And if they wanted to join the army before the war started, did the same conditions apply?

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I'm not sure most of the BEF were 19 ? The original BEF were full time soldiers and called up reservists already so I don't think apprenticeships came into it.

I would have thought during the volunteer boom and especially after conscription the employers would have just had to 'lump it' out of patriotic duty, as the conscripts did. Before the war normal rules(whatever they were) would probably have applied.

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