Shop Assistant to Land Girl: Madeline Olive Thornewill
In 1942, shop assistant Madeline Olive Thornewill joined the Women’s Land Army. She was 20 years old and lived in Newhall, near Burton-on-Trent. She remained in the WLA for 7 years, working in Buckinghamshire.
This post shares some photos sent by Mel Gould at the Loughborough Carillon Tower & War Memorial Museum. They include photos of Madeline, the other women she worked with, as well as correspondence about her armlets and half-diamonds to mark her time as a Land Girl. After the war, Madeline went to work as a typist for an Intelligence Organisation in Austria. Madeline’s archive material is now held at the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies.
Information on the WLA in Buckinghamshire based on these letters:
Assistant County Officer: Miss V. Nan Noorden
Assistant County Secretary: Miss P. M McArthur
County Secretary: Miss F. M. Ramage
Office: 6 St Mary’s Street, High Wycombe