Sep 182017
 

Mary Doreen Malpass (nee Elwell), born on 6th February 1928 joined the WLA in 1946, leaving 3 years later in 1949. She was based in Lea Hall, Eccles Hall, near Stafford. She undertook various types of field work on different farms, which proved quite a change to her work before as a shop assistant. She most enjoyed harvesting in the sunshine, but did not enjoy sprout picking on cold days! One of Mary’s highlights was making friends in her fellow WLA colleagues – some of which she met out dancing Friday nights. Later on in life, Mary played a key role in raising money for the WLA and WTC memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, where at the unveiling, she met Sophie, Countess of Wessex, GCVO. Many thanks to Mary and her son Alan for sharing her memories and photos of her time in the WLA.


Service in the WLA: 1946-1949

Mary Elwell with her WLA colleagues.

Mary Elwell with her WLA colleagues. From top to bottom, left to right: Mr Friar, Edna Smith, ??, Ivy Fereday, Jessie Gambell, ??, Mrs Joan Wise, Violet Chevasse, Mary Elwell, ??, ??, ?? in 1946.

During her time in the WLA, she worked with Jean Cotterel, Nancy Spittal, Kathleen Marsden, Mrs Joan Wise and Joyce Love.


Post-World War Two

'Wartime Memories Revived' Newspaper Article

‘Wartime Memories Revived’ Newspaper Article reporting on a WLA reunion in 1970.

Mary Malpass Reunion Photo

Mary Malpass with friends at a WLA reunion she arranged in 1970.

 

Mary Malpass and colleagues at a WLA reunionaa

Mary Malpass and colleagues at a WLA reunion. From left to right: Irene Howard, Edna Smith, Jessica Gamble, Mary Malpass (nee Elwell), Irene Thacker and unknown in 1970.

 

Mary Malpass in 2013

Mary Malpass in 2013

 

Mary Elwell Display of WLA items

Mary Elwell Display of WLA items including commemorative badge (top right second down) issued by Defra and accompanying certificate signed by Gordon Brown.


Unveiling of the WLA and WTC memorial in October 2014

Mary Malpass fundraising for WLA and WTC memorial

Mary Malpass fundraising for WLA and WTC memorial

 

Mary Malpass (in the black coat), shaking hands with Sophie, the Countess of Wessex GCVO

Mary Malpass (in the black coat), shaking hands with Sophie, Countess of Wessex GCVO, at the unveiling of the WLA and WTC memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

 

Mary Malpass being interviewed at the unveiling of the WLA and WTC memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in October 2014

Mary Malpass being interviewed at the unveiling of the WLA and WTC memorial.