Oct 092017
 
Dorothy's WLA Journey 4: 'Lady-Killer of Vermin'

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 […]

Oct 072017
 
Dorothy's WLA Journey 3: First billet in Shropshire

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 […]

Aug 172017
 
WW2 Photo: Women wartime foresters

‘Swinging across the farrowed British countryside is an army of over forty thousand women. This is the Women’s Land Army whose members are drawn from every walk of life, from shop and beauty parlour, from domestic work and art school. Many of these have now completed these years work on the land and would not […]

Aug 022017
 
WW2 Photo: Land Girls in Rosskean Hostel, Invergordon Ross-shire

    The ladies in the picture are: Lena Killpatrick (my mother from Glasgow) Nan Thompson Elgin Joan Bissit (Glasgow) Mary Cullen (Glasgow) Getta M’canns (up north) Jean Sanderson (Edinburgh) Irene (Glasgow) Jackie (Aberdeen) Betty Cullen (Glasgow) Rena M’Neal Tollcross (Glasgow) Miss Munro the Matron Molly Lawrence (Glasgow) Celia Fulton (Glasgow) The address where they […]

Oct 212015
 
65th Anniversary: WLA Disbandment Parade, London (1950)

Today is the 65th anniversary of the 21 October 1950 ‘Farewell Parade’ of 500 representative land girls from all the counties in England and Wales before Queen Elizabeth, their Patron, at Buckingham Palace, to mark the disbandment of the Women’s Land Army (the Women’s Timber Corps of ‘lumber jills’ was disbanded on 31 August 1946) . […]