Oct 112017
 
Dorothy Clayden

Dorothy Clayden

This series of posts charts Dorothy Clayden’s time in the Women’s Land Army form 1942 to 1946. This final post in our series brings together some documents concerning VE Day and the end of Dorothy’s service in 1946.

Dorothy’s daughter Judi Wilkinson recounts how her mother’s time in the WLA provided her with the skills to grow and maintain a successful and productive vegetable and fruit garden for over 30 years.

In later life, Dorothy had a successful career as a college lecturer in hairdressing.

Many thanks to Dorothy’s daughter Judi for sharing with me the photos and correspondence of her mother’s time in the WLA.


A letter sent to Dorothy about VE Day.

A letter sent to Dorothy about the giving of holiday for VE Day.

 

A letter sent to Dorothy about a dance happening at the reopening of the WLA club.

A letter sent to Dorothy about a dance happening at the reopening of the WLA club.

 

Dorothy's WLA Certficate

Dorothy’s WLA Certficate


 

Oct 092017
 
Dorothy Clayden

Dorothy Clayden

This series of posts charts Dorothy Clayden’s time in the Women’s Land Army form 1942 to 1946. This fourth looks at Dorothy’s transfer to Pest Destruction in Shrewsbury in 1944.

Here, she was issued with extensive advice on rat catching and the different protocols which could be followed. Be sure to scroll to the end of this post to see a newspaper article on Dorothy’s work as a ‘Lady-Killer of Vermin’!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Dorothy Clayden Ratcathching

Dorothy Clayden Ratcathching

 

Dorothy ratcatching!

Dorothy ratcatching!

 

Letter sent to Dorothy in March 1944 with instructions on rat catching.

Letter sent to Dorothy in March 1944 with instructions on rat catching.

 

Rats and Mice Destruction instructions.

Rats and Mice Destruction instructions.

 

Employment conditions relating to rat catching.

Employment conditions relating to rat catching.

 

Newspaper article on the 'Lady-Killers' of Vermim

Newspaper article on the ‘Lady-Killers’ of Vermim


 

Oct 072017
 
Dorothy Clayden

Dorothy Clayden

This series of posts charts Dorothy Clayden’s time in the Women’s Land Army form 1942 to 1946. This third looks at Dorothy’s first billet in Shropshire.

We don’t have as many documents on this stage of Dorothy’s journey. However, we do know that Dorothy lived with a couple called Kit and Eva in Shropshire in 1942 to around 1944.

 

 

 


Dorothy's first billet in Shropshire.

Dorothy’s first billet in Shropshire.

 

Kit and Eva's House - Dorothy's very first billet

Kit and Eva’s House – Dorothy’s very first billet

 

Kit's and Eva's ducks.  Dorothy writes on the back of the photograph how 'they were for Xmas, but we couldn't kill them'.

Kit’s and Eva’s ducks. Dorothy writes on the back of the photograph how ‘they were for Xmas, but we couldn’t kill them’. It was very easy for people to get attached to animals!

 

Farm workers at Kit's farm?

Farm workers on Kit and Eva’s farm?