Sheila MacDonald Nicholls (née Mackintosh)
First Name(s): Sheila MacDonald
Unmarried Surname: Mackintosh
Married Surname: Formerly Drayton, later Nicholls
Date of Birth: 22 June 1922
Place of Birth: Enfield, Middlesex
Date joined WTC: 1943
Date left: 1945
Previous occupation: Bank clerk.
Reasons for joining: To help where needed.
Family’s reaction to joining: Good
Reactions of local people towards WTC: From my experience people were very kind and friendly.
Reasons for leaving: Head Office called me with news that teachers were needed and I was qualified to enter the course.
Training: Received training in Suffolk
Worked for County War Agricultural Committee from 1943-1945 in Powderham on the Earl of Devon’s Estate in Devon. Later transferred to Dorset.
Type of work undertaken: Measuring variety of felled timber, recording and occasional dispatching at local railway or lorries.
Best and worst memories of time: The best – opportunity to work in a variety of areas on the estate in summer. The worst – freezing weather in Winter.
Opportunities to meet others: Several Land Girls working on another estate, became friends and joined weekend trips on trains etc.
Learnt independence and gained confidence.
Lived in a private billet in Teignmouth, Devon.
Life after the war
Sheila went on to teach British children in Germany, before moving to Southend in the 1960s. She became headteacher of Bournes Green Infant School in the 1970s.
Name: Sheila Macdonald Nicholls