During the war, Essex became a likely place for ladies of the ‘Women’s Land Army’ to contribute to the war effort. Many came from Essex but women came from all over. Often women would move from the city with no prior experience of farm life, to ensure that Britain would not starve in wartime.
Local historian Dee Gordon has embarked on a research project about these remarkable women culminating in a new book ‘Voices From History: Essex Land Girls’. It includes interviews with some of the last surviving land girls, as well as original sources such as letters and diary extracts, unearthing some truly amazing stories.
Dee Gordon was born in the East End of London. In 2000 she sold her London-based recruitment agency to concentrate on her writing career. She is the author of numerous local history books, including Southend Memories, Haunted Southend, The Secret History of Southend and The Little Book of Essex. She lives in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.