Women’s Timber Corps (Lumber Jills)

Women's Timber Corps Logo
Women’s Timber Corps Logo from ‘The Land Girl’ February 1943, p4

The Women’s Timber Corps was a separate branch of the Women’s Land Army and was started in 1942 due to the German occupation of Norway  causing a shortage of imported timber.

This branch received even less recognition than the typical Land Girl. The WTC uniform was slightly different as ‘Lumber Jills’ had a ‘beret’ instead of a hat and had a different arm band. Their badge showed a fir tree, as opposed to the sheaf of wheat for the Women’s Land Army.

More so in this type of work, the women worked alongside men who had to teach them everything about chopping of the tree, through to loading it onto a lorry. The work didn’t just include the wielding of an axe, but also the skilled work of measuring of trees and the undertaking of the administrative work out in the forests.

Lumber Jills worked from 7am to 4:30 – slightly shorter when compared to the girls on the fields. This created some barriers between the different branches of the Women’s Land Army, as  Land Girls often thought the Timber Corps had the ‘soft option’. Nevertheless, as part of the interview process, Lumber Jills had to pass a stricter medical examination than Land Girls.

Spenny and another Lumber Jill carrying the trunk of a tree.
Spenny and another Lumber Jill carrying the trunk of a tree.

Memorial

The Women’s Timber Corps Memorial Statue was erected on 10th October 2007, in recognition of the work of the Women’s Timber Corps in Scotland.

A Unique Tribute to the Lumber Jills  from WeeFlee Productions on Vimeo.

Source: The Forestry Commission, Scotland

Lumber Jill Statue
Memorial to the WTC in Scotland. Source: The Forestry Commission Scotland

Lumber Jills at Vaynol Estate
Lumber Jills at Vaynol Estate

In The Archives

Interview and photos with Lumber Jill veteran Joy Smith

Photos of Lumber Jills working at Culford Camp, in Suffolk.

Photos of Lumber Jills working in Wareham, Dorset.

1944 Timber Corps Calendar

Women's Timber Corps Badge Source: IWM INS 7378
Women’s Timber Corps Badge
Source: IWM INS 7378
Timber Corps Sew On Arm Badge Source: Catherine Procter Collection
Timber Corps Sew On Arm Badge
Source: Catherine Procter Collection

Women's TImber Corps

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