Feb 122016
 

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
Tractor with Land Girl scratchings

Tractor with Land Girl scratchings
Source: Neil Enoch

 

Tractor with Land Girl scratchings Source: Neil Enoch

Tractor with Land Girl scratchings
Source: Neil Enoch

May 082014
 

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.

Betty Bond, nee Hewitt, in her uniform taken in about 1942 when she was 20 Source: Helen Van Dongen

Betty Bond, nee Hewitt, in her uniform taken in about 1942 when she was 20.
Source: Helen Van Dongen

Betty in her Land Girl uniform in the garden of her family home in Peckham Rye in London, 1942 Source: Helen Van Dongen

Betty in her Land Girl uniform in the garden of her family home in Peckham Rye in London, 1942
Source: Helen Van Dongen

Betty and her friend (probably Betty) Source: Helen Van Dongen

Betty and her friend (probably Anne)
Source: Helen Van Dongen

Betty and her fellow students at Seale-Hayne Agricultural College in Newton Abbott, Devon Source: Helen Van Dongen

Betty and her fellow students at Seale-Hayne Agricultural College in Newton Abbott, Devon
Source: Helen Van Dongen