My name is Neil Enoch, and I work as a volunteer at a small agriculture museum run by a farming friend in Worcestershire. I help to restore all sorts of of agriculture and associated items, recently we acquired a pre war Fordson tractor which has been brought back into working condition.
On the engine cover there are several female names scratched into the paint work all with the tag of WLA. we believe theses to names of members of the WLA during Second War. We were wondering if we could trace/ find out who the names belong to and the history of the tractor during WW2. The tractor was recovered from a farm in Herefordshire and one of the names inscribed had the location BURCOTT.
The tractor was brought by Messrs Taylor & Sons of Westfield Hereford on 22/3/1938 and remained there during the war years.
The tractor is a Land Utility Fordson N, AUJ 267, coloured Harvest Gold
The names of WLA members whose names are inscribed on the engine cover are
- E Davies Burcott (this maybe a area of Hereford)
- R K Jones
- Pat Shaw
- Nora Grundy
- Pat Evans
My mother was called Betty (nee) Hewitt and she was stationed for most of her service in Herefordshire.
Helen Van Dongen
Helen has kindly donated her mother’s copies of ‘The Land Girl’ magazine (from August 1942 to March 1947) which will be uploaded to ‘The Land Girl’ section over the next few months.