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Old 3rd July 2019, 21:50
Barrie Youde Barrie Youde is offline  
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Hi Lucy,

As Hugh points out, Roger will give you far more detail.

My own observation would be that 18 years of age would be substantially older than the usual starting age for an indentured apprenticeship at that time, when 15 would probably have been the norm. As late as the mid-20th century, 16 was the customary age for joining.

Otherwise, there was nothing remotely abnormal in joining the Merchant Navy from a public school.
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