It was a happy time there, my sister was living in Shanklin which was great, I could visit her,just a short bus ride away.We married on 16 August 1947, spending our honeymoon at Douglas in the Isle of Man, and then setting up home on Walney Island near Barrow.Dinah Sarah Fletcher I am writing this on behalf of my Mother, Dinah Singleton, nee Fletcher, now 88yrs of age, Born in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, who together with one of her 6 Sisters, Frances, joined the Land Army in 1940.We went back to Rowney and next day went to work as usual but with a more relaxed feeling.She was born in Scarrington Nottinghamshire to William Henry Brown and Harriet nee Cobb.When the transfer was made, they were sent to Hertfordshire - it must have been a case of mistaken handwriting as the two counties have just one letter difference.
She worked for Mrs Bennion at Home Farm, Stackpole in Pembrokeshire.We had a strip each and we had to pick up all the potatoes before the digger came around again.She worked at Glebe Farm, Sarsden, near Churchill and Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire and was definitely there in 1944, some time between February and July.Mary recounted tales of working on the land lifting turnips and potatoes by hand, having a hard time of it from local farmers who took advantage of the cheap labour.We could hear it in Thorpe End when they were bombing Norwich.The farmer told me I was to learn to plough, so we set off to a field not far away.I was 12 when she was called up, and I still remember how smart and proud she looked in her uniform.
They were sent out to various farms to carry out essential work to keep the farms running whilst then men were out helping to win the war.I met my husband Fred, who was in the Royal Artillery Corps in Penzance. and we returned to Leeds in 1945 to marry.All I know is that when she married my father, a German Prisoner of War, they worked together on a farm in Kirkudbright.I am so fascinated by this time in our history and just wished I had asked my Mum about her life in the WLA.It was said that conditions in the camp were not good enough for prisoners of war so moved them out and put Land Girls in instead.Wellum (a very religious lady) before being moved to a hostel in the High St. which had once been a furniture shop.They got on with their tasks, milking cows, herding sheep in the Pennines, and tending the huge shire horses that worked on the farms, and they got on well with each other.While I was doing this I heard a van driving down the road behind me.This one particular night the bombers were followed back in by the Germans and the cottage that my mum was staying in was straffed and her and my Auntie Iris slept through it all, waking the next morning to see bullet holes in the wall above the bed.
Myself and another girl were sent to a private farm, Portobella Farm, Croft-on-Tees, Darlington.Towards the end of 1942, I went to a farm near Maidstone with other Land Army girls, to demonstrate our recently acquired skills.She was a tractor driver and worked on the fields at Braxted Park and farms around that area.The pub was called the Yew Tree with a big dance hall at the back.Rita joined the WLA and was based at the hostel in Shortbank Road Skipton, North Yorkshire.I am looking for Veronica Palmer (1944-45) with whom I served.Before he left he got them all to bet on a horse at 45-1 following a tip off from an American man.I went out with him for a while and he asked me to write a letter to his mother.
One day I carried up a kettle of hot water and jug of cold, poured half of each into the basin and started with the dirtiest bits.Emma Lowther was another close friend in the WLA and she had relatives near Durham.I got married to a Yank and came to America in 1946 and I am still going strong.Mum met my Dad, George Haines when he came home on leave in 1944 and they had many very happy years together but sadly have both now passed away.
I can remember moira and olive though their last names escape me.I also served in the Agricultoral College in County Durham.i served from 1945 to 1950 Elizabet Newstead Add to this record.Those who went into Cambridge by bus often lodged with families in town if they missed the last bus back to the village.Later when the Armed forces veterans badge was issued, I thought the Land Girls were in need of recognition and started a campaign for a form of medal or some type of award.The idea was to fork it and scatter it evenly all over the field.Sometimes the living conditions were good if they got a group going, but mostly lads had to sleep in the barn among the cattle faeces.Sadly my Mum has been passed away some years now but I would love to hear from anyone who may have known her or been in Pallington at the same time which I believe was around 1948 as she served six years.At the outbreak of the war she wished to join the army like her older sisters, Pauline and Delys, but she was too young.
Their nights were often spent in air raid shelters, and there were shortages and rationing.Mum was in later the A.T.S. from January 1943 Mum passed away in 2004 but I am researching her wartime life and would love to hear from anyone who could tell me more about her brief spell in the Land Army.Since then I have lived in the small town of Lindsay where my husband was born and raised for 68 years.Several of our local boys were away and quite a few were taken prisoner in Singapore.
They lived lives of poverty and deprivation, many children had rickets and every large family had one or two baby siblings in the cemetery.Her parents were Hannah and Robert Maguire, and her stepfather was Ted Pollard.We worked with elderly men, young lads, and lots of S,Ireland Men who came over to work.Margaret Blower I still have fond memories of my time in the Land Army which were very happy times spent mainly in Warwickshire.One especially nice job was picking strawberries early in the morning before the sun was hot.Bringing you tutorials, genealogy book and app reviews, genealogy news, genealogy.Violet Bessie Wiles My mother, Violet Wiles was billeted at Mark Hall in Harlow, Essex while serving in the Land Army.They are bringing over some photos from that time which will be added to this story later this year.
She is now 89, and has very clear detailed memories, some of which I will add here later now that I know this site exists.Mary Grace My mother was in the WLA around Leominster, Herefordshire.Of course the Italians had this romantic image and Joan along with fellow Army girls wanted to meet up with them.She is in good health and is making a trip to Australia Oct 08.I dont remember any air raids there on the Island,we were lucky to be free from all that.When it was finally judged to be just right, it was built into a hay rick.I followed Jack through the dimness to the far end of the building, dwarfed by those strong hindquarters, and horribly conscious of the proximity of those hooves.
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