Did you know?

The Women’s Land Army (WLA) was first formed during  World War One – the Land Girls as they became known, worked on the land, freeing the male workers to go to war.  In the Second World War, by 1943, there were some 80,000 young women at any one time, working in every aspect of agriculture to feed the nation.  With their uniform of green ties and jumpers and brown felt slouch hats, they worked from dawn to dusk each day, milking cows, digging ditches, sowing seeds and harvesting crops.

The Women’s Timber Corps (WTC), also known as the ‘Lumber Jills’ was formed during the Second World War, the young women worked tirelessly in the forests to provide timber for the war effort, felling trees, sawing timber and making railway sleepers, barricades and telegraph poles.

During the two World Wars and thereon until 1950, well over 240,000 young women had served in the Women’s Land Army and Timber Corps.

With the outbreak of peace the WLA remained in existence doing vital jobs on the land until demobilisation was complete.  The WLA was formally disbanded in 1950.  The WTC was formally disbanded in 1946.

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