WW2 Land Girl: Katharine Ann Furley
First Name(s): Katharine Ann (Always known as Ann)
Unmarried Surname: Furley
Date of Birth: 27/8/1923
Place of Birth: Paddington, North London
Date Joined WLA: 1941
Date Left WLA: 1947
WLA Number: 127384
Previous occupation: I attended a big private school and helped with the juniors.
Reasons for joining: Wanted to get involved full time in farming – particularly tractors.
Family’s reactions to joining: Horror, anger, very unhappy. Rest of family in H.M. Forces.
Pre-work training: Learned tractor skills and servicing.
Type of work undertaken:
- Tractor driving
- Ploughing for sowing wheat
- Servicing tractor
- Drove T.D.9 International Trac – Tractor.
- Thanks to my time driving a very big tractor in the Land Army I did demonstrations for Fordson.
Work liked most and least: Ploughing very satisfying and harvesting – best. Filling engine each morning with water and T.V.O and greasing bearings – least.
Best and worst memories of time: Very good foreman – Mr Spanton. Cold journeys from and to Levels in the back of truck!
Frank Munjam (1941-1942), Ploughing contractor for 1 year
Kent CWAC on Ash Levels (1942-1946)
Village: S. Stourmouth, Ash Levels Near Wingham
Farm name: Large area between Canterbury, Ramsgate and Sandwich
Lived in hostel; large house at Preston Court, Elmstone. There were 5 of us on The Levels. There were 24 approx Land Girls in the hostel. Other girls in hostel did shorter hours so we hardly saw them.
Reactions of local people towards WLA / WTC: We did not mix with area residents.
Treatment by farmers or market gardeners: We only saw our foreman.
Reasons for leaving: End of our work on The Levels.
Life after the war
Worked as a farm machinery sales person. I worked the rest of my life in the agricultural world. I was always involved in farming – fruit growing first in Kent then in Cornwall.
Name: Andrew Leonard Corras
Relationship to Land Girl: Son