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Dec 012017
 

Celebrating Christmas WLA Collage December

From left to right, top to bottom:

  • The last but one Christmas party to be held at the WLA hostel, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, December 1948. The hostel closed in around September 1950. The two men in the photo were most likely to have been from Bedfordshire County Agricultural Committee who employed the mobile gangs from the hostels in the county and contracted them out to local farmers. Photo source: Mary Perkins nee Godfrey. Courtesy of Stuart Antrobus
  • WLA girls celebrating Christmas at the Swinehead Hostel. Source: Mrs Sellars, BBC
  • Christmas party time at the WLA hostel, Leighton Buzzard in December 1947. Photo source: Jean Carell. Courtesy of Stuart Antrobus
Nov 112017
 
Courtesy of the British Legion: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/how-we-remember/the-story-of-the-poppy/

Courtesy of the British Legion

Remembering all those fallen heroes and heroines who have done their part for the country we live in today and made the ultimate sacrifice for you and me. We will always remember them.

They shall grow not old

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

From Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’, written in September 1914


 

Nov 012017
 

Some Land Girls and Lumber Jill’s spent some of their free time reading, whether it be books, or the latest edition of The Land Girl magazine. Here, the collage shows how women could read in the comfort of the hostel or rest home, or out in the forests in the case of the Women’s Timber Corps. As with many photos, we need to question whether this really was a true representation of reading, or posed photos for the camera, showing women using their free time in a productive way…

Land Girls and Lumber Jills Reading

From left to right, top to bottom:

  • Reading at a hostel in Doncaster. Source: The Land Girl, May 1943, p.9
  • Enjoying a quiet spot on a bench under the trees in the garden of the rest break house in Torquay are Miss Ann Royne (WLA gang work forewoman) and Mrs Joan Hart (timber corps crane driver). Source: IWM, D27011
  • Land Girls read, sew or write letters in the lounge of the WLA rest break house in Torquay. Source: IWM, D20722

  • Lumber Jills reading in the forest, c.1940s. Source: Fox Photos
  • Land Girls reading at Pawston Hostel in Northumberland. Source: The Land Girl, February 1941, p.13. 
  • Lumber Jills reading in the forest, c.1940s. Source: Fox Photos
Oct 312017
 
Caption: Ann Brodrick (left) with British serviceman and Mary Codrington with an American serviceman at a Halloween party c.1943 in Milton Ernest WLA hutment hostel, Bedfordshire.

Caption: Land Girl Ann Brodrick (left) with British serviceman and Land Girl Mary Codrington with an American serviceman at a Halloween party c.1943 in Milton Ernest WLA hutment hostel, Bedfordshire.

Oct 282017
 
Fred Davies, left, looks on at Branch 34 president Rick Purcell unveils a paver Davies had placed in memory of Gladys Lillicrap.

Fred Davies, left, looks on at Branch 34 president Rick Purcell unveils a paver Davies had placed in memory of Land Girl Gladys Lillicrap.

It sounds like a match made in Hollywood. Boy meets girl, girl loses boy, boy finds girl on a different continent some 70 years later.

But that’s not some writer’s fantasy. That’s the story of Gladys Lillicrap and Fred Davies, two Canadians who were in England — Lillicrap as a member of the Women’s Land Army and Davies flying over Europe on mission after mission fighting the Nazis — met, and fell for each other, only to nearly never see each other again.

Their story, and Lillicrap’s life, were celebrated Saturday at Branch 34 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Orillia.

Click here to read more about Gladys’s and Fred’s beautiful love story!

Oct 252017
 
Display by Caroline Jones in memory of the WLA.

Display by Caroline Jones in memory of the WLA.

A talented artist has created a colourful display of poppies covering a tractor to show her support for the Women’s Land Army.

Caroline Jones is currently decorating a Nuffield Tractor to remember those who served during the first and second world wars.

Click here to read more on the Warrington Guardian.

Oct 112017
 
Dorothy Clayden

Dorothy Clayden

This series of posts charts Dorothy Clayden’s time in the Women’s Land Army form 1942 to 1946. This final post in our series brings together some documents concerning VE Day and the end of Dorothy’s service in 1946.

Dorothy’s daughter Judi Wilkinson recounts how her mother’s time in the WLA provided her with the skills to grow and maintain a successful and productive vegetable and fruit garden for over 30 years.

In later life, Dorothy had a successful career as a college lecturer in hairdressing.

Many thanks to Dorothy’s daughter Judi for sharing with me the photos and correspondence of her mother’s time in the WLA.


A letter sent to Dorothy about VE Day.

A letter sent to Dorothy about the giving of holiday for VE Day.

 

A letter sent to Dorothy about a dance happening at the reopening of the WLA club.

A letter sent to Dorothy about a dance happening at the reopening of the WLA club.

 

Dorothy's WLA Certficate

Dorothy’s WLA Certficate


 

Oct 092017
 
Dorothy Clayden

Dorothy Clayden

This series of posts charts Dorothy Clayden’s time in the Women’s Land Army form 1942 to 1946. This fourth looks at Dorothy’s transfer to Pest Destruction in Shrewsbury in 1944.

Here, she was issued with extensive advice on rat catching and the different protocols which could be followed. Be sure to scroll to the end of this post to see a newspaper article on Dorothy’s work as a ‘Lady-Killer of Vermin’!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Dorothy Clayden Ratcathching

Dorothy Clayden Ratcathching

 

Dorothy ratcatching!

Dorothy ratcatching!

 

Letter sent to Dorothy in March 1944 with instructions on rat catching.

Letter sent to Dorothy in March 1944 with instructions on rat catching.

 

Rats and Mice Destruction instructions.

Rats and Mice Destruction instructions.

 

Employment conditions relating to rat catching.

Employment conditions relating to rat catching.

 

Newspaper article on the 'Lady-Killers' of Vermim

Newspaper article on the ‘Lady-Killers’ of Vermim


 

Oct 072017
 
Dorothy Clayden

Dorothy Clayden

This series of posts charts Dorothy Clayden’s time in the Women’s Land Army form 1942 to 1946. This third looks at Dorothy’s first billet in Shropshire.

We don’t have as many documents on this stage of Dorothy’s journey. However, we do know that Dorothy lived with a couple called Kit and Eva in Shropshire in 1942 to around 1944.

 

 

 


Dorothy's first billet in Shropshire.

Dorothy’s first billet in Shropshire.

 

Kit and Eva's House - Dorothy's very first billet

Kit and Eva’s House – Dorothy’s very first billet

 

Kit's and Eva's ducks.  Dorothy writes on the back of the photograph how 'they were for Xmas, but we couldn't kill them'.

Kit’s and Eva’s ducks. Dorothy writes on the back of the photograph how ‘they were for Xmas, but we couldn’t kill them’. It was very easy for people to get attached to animals!

 

Farm workers at Kit's farm?

Farm workers on Kit and Eva’s farm?