WW2 Land Girl: Edith Barlow
First Name(s): Edith
Unmarried Surname: Barlow
Date of Birth: 23.9.29
Place of Birth: Liverpool
Previous occupations: Worked in metal box and on Turners Farm
Reasons for joining: Thought it would be an interesting life for me.
Family’s reaction to joining: My mother said that I wouldn’t last long in the Land Army but she was wrong, I loved it.
Worked for private farmer and County War Agricultural Committee in Lincolnshire and Bedfordshire.
Type of work undertaken: Thrashing of haystack and chopping heads of turnips. I enjoyed both these tasks.
Any accidents or injuries: I had my arm burnt. No effect it healed up quickly.
Best and worst memories of time: Working and living with big groups of people. No worst memory.
Reactions of local people towards WLA / WTC: No bad reactions. Local people liked us.
Treatment by farmers or market gardeners: We were treated very well.
Littlewoods Billet near Braxted Park and Manifold Wick Cottages, Tolleshunt Knights.
Life after the war
Reasons for leaving: War ended. Returned to pre-war occupation, working on a farm.
How did work in the WLA / WTC effect your/ their life? It gave me a good life. I really enjoyed it.
Name: Edith Barlow