WW2 Land Girl: Joan Winifred Blanchard (née Maunder)

General Information

Joan Maunders wearing her WLA badge

First Name(s):  Joan Winifred

Unmarried Surname: Maunder

Married Surname:  Blanchard

Date of Birth:  10/5/1927

Place of Birth:  London

Date Joined WLA: 28th June 1944

Date Left WLA: 29th December 1945

Employment and Accommodation

Employment

Pre-Work Training: Farm in Hampshire – Stockbridge (mum can’t remember the name)

County: Hereford and Hertfordshire

Village: Weobley, Hereford and Hadley Wood, Hertfordshire.

Accommodation

Accommodation in: WLA Huts at WLA Weobley.

Further Information

Type of work undertaken: Milking cows and helping on the farm

Best and worst memories of time: She loved milking cows and learned all about sex from the older girls! She talked fondly about her life in the WLA. She kept in touch with Vera and Rose for years after. I think it was the most exciting thing she had done. But then she had a very happy childhood, which was tragically ended when her older brother died in 1941 in the war and her Dad died of TB also in 1941 when she was 14.

Life After War

Mum went into the WLA before she should have, and I don’t know what she did for work before. I think she probably left school at 14 or 15. She was a member of the theatre group “The Trent Players” at Middlesex College. She always regretted that she was too young to join ENSA.

Contributor Information

Relationship to Land Girl: Daughter

Name: Belinda Blanchard

Joan Maunder and Doris and Edna 16 August 1945
Joan Maunder, Doris, and Edna on VJ Day on 15 August 1945
Land Girls in Weobley in front of a Ministry of Agriculture lorry
Land Girls in Weobley in front of a Ministry of Agriculture lorry
Land Girls at WLA Hostel in 1945
Dot Jeffereys, taken at Hereford in 1945
Dot Jeffereys, taken at Hereford in 1945
Dot Jeffreys lying down in the grass
Dot Jeffreys lying down in the grass
Peggy, taken at Hereford in 1945
Peggy, taken at Hereford in 1945
Blackmere and Weobley Land Girl Magdaline on 5th June 1944
Blackmere and Weobley Land Girl Magdaline, 5th June 1944
Blackmere and Weobley Land Girl Ann on 5th June 1944
Blackmere and Weobley Land Girl Ann, 5th June 1944
Blackmere and Weobley Land Girl Lydia on 5th June 1944
Blackmere and Weobley Land Girl Lydia, 5th June 1944
Land Girls Midge and Joan Maunder on 5th June 1944
Land Girls Midge and Joan Maunder, 5th June 1944
Land Girl Rose on 16 August 1945
Land Girl Rose, 16 August 1945

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