Death of a farmer: fortunes of war and the strange case of Ray Walden

Short, Brian (2008) Death of a farmer: fortunes of war and the strange case of Ray Walden. Agricultural History Review, 56 (2). pp. 189-213. ISSN 0002-1490

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Abstract

The sweeping powers necessitated by World War Two emergency conditions are illustrated by the tragedy which unfolded when one farmer, Ray Walden of Itchen Stoke, refused to plough up a large portion of his farm at the insistence of the Hampshire County War Agricultural Executive Committee. The committee finally decided to dispossess him of his farm, and an attempt to evict him followed, but Walden opened fire on the police officers. A one-night siege was followed by the shooting of the 65-year-old bachelor inside his own farm house. He died in hospital. The coroner's verdict was 'justifiable homicide'. The paper sets out the structures of power, the setting of this agricultural conflict, reconstructs the narrative of events and offers an evaluation.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Depositing User: Jayne Paulin
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2013 09:22
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2013 09:22
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45756
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