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VE Day 75th Anniversary

From inexplicable joy to bittersweet pain at losing loved ones, VE Day on 8th May 1945 was an emotional time for many as Victory in Europe was declared. The joyous, raucous celebrations existed alongside...

May Snapshot in 5: Sussex

April’s post features the work of the WLA in Sussex (both East and West Sussex). Together, both counties employed just under 4,000 Land Girls from 1939 to 1950. If you were a Land Girl...

We Could Do With Thousands More Like You

Jean Lily Kinston (née Holmes)

General Information First Name(s): Jean Lily Unmarried Surname: Holmes Married Surname: Kinston Date of Birth: 22.7.1930 Place of Birth: East Ham, London Date Joined WLA: August 1948 Date Left WLA: July 1950 WLA Number: 197281 Previous occupation: I left school...

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Doreen Kapala (née Keable)

General Information First Name(s): Doreen Unmarried Surname: Keable Married Surname: Kapala Date of Birth: 28.7.23 Place of Birth: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk Date Joined WTC: c.1940 Date Left WTC: 14th September 1944 Previous occupation: None. Just out of school. Worked...

The Women's Land Army and Me

Marjorie Dean remembers VE Day

“That day was known as VE Day and the whole free world celebrated. On VE Night, as it was called, everyone in the village was so happy we kissed everyone in sight. It’s a...