Joan Lilian Mabel Maycock (née Rayner)
First Name(s): Joan Lilian Mabel
Unmarried Surname: Rayner
Married surname: Maycock
Date of Birth: 25/02/1920
Place of Birth: Wiltshire
Date joined WLA: 1942 – 1943 ?
Date left: 1944 ?
Previous occupation: First Sales Assistant Manageress in J. Lyons – London, Corner House
Reasons for joining: Because my husband was serving in the forces and I wanted to do my bit.
Family’s reaction to joining: Husband was happy because he didn’t want me to join the forces. Mum and Dad accepted it was my decision.
Reasons for leaving: Pregnant with 1st child.
Worked for a private farmer in Sidcup, Kent. Then transferred to Hythe Nurseries, where worked as a market gardener.
Living in lodgings instead of at home. I was married then husband in Royal Navy.
Type of work undertaken: Collected vegetables, picked to be put on truck for delivery. Hoeing between rows of veg. Hay making.
Best memories: Friendship with other girls.
Opportunities to meet other Land Girls: Walks – shows.
Reactions of local people towards WLA: Good – appreciated.
Treatment by farmers or market gardeners: Friendly, looked after well.
Any other comments on time in the WLA: Happy – good fun all together.
Life after the war
Housewife had a baby
Name: Joan Maycock, with the help of her daughter Brenda Everest,