Mona K McLeod was just 17 years old when she joined the Women’s Land Army. In this interview for the BBC, Mona discusses how the war diverted her from applying to study at Cambridge to undertake valuable work as a Land Girl on farms in Scotland.
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The address where they stayed in the Land Army was Rosskean Hostel, Invergordon Ross-shire.
My mother was in the land army from 1946 till 1948
Bicycles, which were often used as transport from the girls’ accommodation to the farms were vital, once they got to know their way around the country lanes. Having your own (or a WLA bicycle) gave you freedom of movement in a country area. There were no road signs, so as to not aid the enemy in attack. Dimmed bicycle lamps at night also made it extremely difficult for the girls to find their way around.
“Another time I was biking home for lunch when the cows were being taken for milking. Behind them were some troops from Grange Camp. Not wanting them to see a Land Army girl frightened of cows I rode through them when a tail flicked out and hit me in the face, knocking me off the bike. There I sat, my bike on top of me, a dirty face and the troops laughing.
Mrs. K.A. Scott. [Maiden name unknown]
Source: ‘Bedford on Sunday’ newspaper, 24 April 1977, p5. Courtesy of Stuart Antrobus
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I joined the Women’s Land Army. Our jobs were to work on the farms. The Women’s Land Army, I thought was so glamorous to join — and then I never worked so hard in my life!