Sep 012017
 
Mar 172016
 
Members of the Women's Land Army harvesting corn at Geli Cadwgan farm, Buith Wells, 1917 © Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Members of the Women’s Land Army harvesting corn at Geli Cadwgan farm, Buith Wells, 1917
© Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Regrettably, we have no photo of members of the Women’s Land Army in Northern Ireland during the 1940s. Because of the reality that the farms in Northern Ireland already used female family members as regular workers, the Women’s Land Army organisation never really took off there, although attempted. The other factor was that, because of the political difficulties of strong rival nationalist and republican sympathies within the divided communities in Northern Ireland, the British Government never felt able to introduce conscription, which might otherwise have directed women into agricultural work.

Aug 302014
 

My Nain [Welsh for Grandma] Nancy Charles (Jones when she married), was from the Caernarfon area of Wales and was in the Land Army during WW2. She didn’t like the hat so she steamed it to give it shape. She also wore better corduroys and she tailored her own jacket to give it more of a nipped waist! She worked on a farm on Anglesey. She told lots of stories about the farm. We think she did her training at Madryn on the Llyn Peninsular. Her birthday was 27th August 1918.

Ceri Jones (Nancy’s granddaughter)

Nancy Jones (nee Charles) Source: Ceri Jones (Nancy's grand-daughter)

Nancy Jones (nee Charles)
Source: Ceri Jones (Nancy’s granddaughter)

Nancy Jones (nee Charles) and another rLand Girl. Source: Ceri Jones (Nancy's grand-daughter)

Nancy Jones (nee Charles) and another Land Girl.
Source: Ceri Jones (Nancy’s granddaughter)

May 072014
 

My mother Kathleen Ashworth was stationed a long way from home as were a lot of the girls. My mother was from Manchester and being sent to Talgarth in Mid Wales was a considerable culture shock but she enjoyed her WLA days a great deal and she was very proud that she was chosen to represent the Breconshire Land girls in London. She eventually met a local farmer Dennis Price over a table tennis table and they eventually married and had two sons. They worked a small farm on the slopes of the Black Mountains for many years.

Talgarth Land Girls taking a break during spud picking. Tony Price's mother is the lady at the back of the photo. Source: Tony Price

Talgarth Land Girls taking a break during spud picking. Tony Price’s mother is the lady at the back of the photo.
Source: Tony Price

Talgarth Land Girls out in the fields Source: Tony Price

Talgarth Land Girls out in the fields
Source: Tony Price

Local Land Girls enjoying time off during the Talgarth Carnival Source: Tony Price

Local Land Girls enjoying time off during the Talgarth Carnival
Source: Tony Price

Talgarth Land Girls arrive in London to see the Queen at the Disbandment Ceremony in October 1950. They stayed overnight at the Clapham Common Underground dormitories Source: Tony Price

Talgarth Land Girls arrive in London to see the Queen at the Disbandment Ceremony in October 1950. They stayed overnight at the Clapham Common Underground dormitories
Source: Tony Price

Apr 012014
 

Cambrian News reports on the Women’s Land Army. (Newspapers held at the National Library of Wales)

27 Apr 1917

EDITORIAL NOTES. The Women’s Land Army Section of the National Service Campaign is still anxious to receive applications from women who are willing to enlist to work on farms. Forms for the purpose may be obtained at every post office. The women, if deemed physically fit, will receive training at a convenient centre. Particulars of terms and conditions of employment can be obtained from the Post Office or Labour Exchange.

 

Women's Land Army Photo, near Machynlleth, c.1917

Women’s Land Army Photo, near Machynlleth, c.1917

6 Jul 1917

Miss Gladys Morgan, Ffridd Mills, is the first in Machynlleth district to obtain the armlet for work done on the land. Miss Morgan well deserves the honour. During the last few months she has done hard work, not only ploughing and sowing, but also reaping and grinding corn.

12 Jul 1918

One of the women foresters working at Pennal met with a nasty accident by falling while riding on horseback. She was taken to Londonderry Hospital and attended by the Matron and Dr. W. R. Williams.

19 Jul 1918

Presentation at Pennal. V.C. HERO’S HOME-COMING. CAPTAIN LASCELLES, V.C., M.C. A well-attended concert was given at Pennal Schoolroom on Wednesday evening of last week to present Captain Arthur M. Lascelles, V.C., M.C., Penmaen Dovey, with a token of respect and admiration for the brave deed which won him the V.C. ……A squad of land girls gave Captain Lascelles the salute as he left the building.

20 Sep 1918

Land girls athletic sports were held on Saturday in Plas Grounds (by kind permission of Lord Herbert Vane Tempest). Though the weather was wet, there was a good attendance and an enjoyable afternoon was spent. The Brass Band, conducted by Mr. E. Meredith Jones, played selections which were much appreciated. Pennal land girls gave an enjoyable entertainment on Monday evening at the Vane Hall. The programme consisted of songs and recitations by land girls and solos by a wounded soldier. The chair was taken by Mr Howard Jones, architect, Ynyslas. Mrs. Jones-Evans acted as accompanist. The proceeds went to the forming of a forming of a Y.W.C.A. Club for war workers.

27 Sep 1918

Gifts received at Auxiliary Red Cross Hospital, Machynlleth, from September 16th to September 21st included… … tickets for land girls’ concert, per Miss Bromley. 


Courtesy of Dick Williams.