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Nights Out and Dancing Collage

A Night Out and Dancing Collage


From left to right, top to bottom:

  • Land Girls and Lumber Jills, some in uniform, some in mufti, dance with British soldiers at a dance in a large hall, near to their camp in Culford, Suffolk. The dance band plays and Union flags, and the flags of America and Russia decorate the walls above the musicians. A poster to the right of the stage advertises another event to be held at the Corn Exchange on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 May. Source: IWM D 14123
  • Land Army holiday camp, Cookham, 1942. Source: Mirrorpix

  • Lily Harrison, Barbara Wilson, and Mona Feather (l to r) from Milton Ernest WLA hostel in Bedfordshire ready for a ‘night out’ after a hard week’s work, c.1940s. Source: Stuart Antrobus

  • British Land Army girls and members of the Women’s Royal Air Force (WAAF) dance with men of the US Eighth Army Air Force in Suffolk during 1943. Source: Pinterest
Nov 192015

I am researching the WLA for a novel and would be most interested to speak with women who were in the WLA and anyone else who has primary information about their experiences in the WLA. I am particularly interested in hearing from people with links to the Berkshire WLA as this is where I live and where my novel will be set. Thank you for any help or information you can provide.

Vanessa Jones, millyclayson75@gmail.com

Dec 052014

For more information on Lillian May Rance, please go to her separate record page here.

My Aunt, Lillian May Rance, was a Land Girl in World War One.  The only information I heard about her experiences was that her father did not approve of her attire – “Too much like a man!”.  The attached photograph came from my grandmother’s collection.  On the back it says “Maggie Kent’s Wedding”. My Aunt is standing behind the groom.  Clearly the Land Girls formed the Guard of Honour. My Aunt lived in Bracknell, Berkshire, at the time, so it must have taken place there or nearby.

Joan Hubbard

Lillian May Rance in the World War One Women's Land Army

Lillian May Rance, standing behind the groom, with other Land Girls of the World War One Women’s Land Army. Source: Joan Hubbard