Certificate of Discharge on Demobilisation for Ingrey Clarice, who worked in the WLA from May 1917 to November 1919. Ingrey clearly did well; the WLA noted her excellent service and personal character. Ingrey also received a Good Service Ribbon. This document could have been used by Ingrey as a reference in her post-war occupation.
From left to right, top to bottom:
- Land Girls helping with the harvest at Piccotts End. Source: Dacorum Heritage Trust
- Rita Stokes harvesting the corn with a tractor-driven reaper-binder. Source: Stuart Antrobus
Other activities included:
- Lambs given worm dose vaccinations and footbaths
- Irrigate potatoes
- Spray potatoes
- Vining peas
- Begin combining cereals
- Baling and carting straw or straw chopped for incorporation into ground by cultivations
Source: Farm Direct.co.uk
Emma Jolly was born in 1895 and served with the Women’s Land Army from 1917. She trained at Highcroft in Hertfordshire and was posted to Arkley Rise estate near Barnet where she worked hard at farm work, feeding hens, milking cows and churning butter. She later married Walter Ely and had a son.
Information from Emma’s nephew John Oldman on Europeana 1914-1918
The Honorary Florence Fremantle belonged to a Buckinghamshire family with long standing army connections. Her father, Lord Cottesloe, was Colonel of the Bucks Battalion Territorial Army. Her brother Halford died in battle in 1915 and this had a profound effect on the 17-year-old girl.
His loss served to galvanise her determination to serve the war effort and as soon as the Board of Agriculture organised the Women’s Land Army she joined.
As one of 23,000 across the country who first signed up to fill the gaps left by men who had gone to war, Florence felt she was honouring Halford’s memory, as well as helping food production for her country.
She was sent to Hertfordshire where she wrote poems and songs and began sketching and painting. She was asked to write a girl’s Land Army song to encourage national recruitment, and one of her paintings focused on the place where her beloved brother was buried.
Information from article on Duty and Service: Bucks Lives in the Great War