A badge for WWII Land Army service

Earlier in the year we published a page about the forgotten heroines of Britain’s war effort, who have finally been accorded formal recognition of their service on the home front. Thousands of Land Girls who helped keep Britain fed during World War Two by working on farms are now allowed to wear a special insignia – 62 years after the war ended.

The former Mayor, Councillor Carol Theobald organised a tea party in May, for local former Land Girls who were then presented with their badges.  Unfortunately three of their number were too unwell to attend, so this week the Mayor, Councillor Garry Peltzer Dunn visited these ladies in their homes to present them with their badges.

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  • And not soon enough that these “Gals” are now being rewarded for the very hard work they put in during the war. If it hadn’t been for them we would have had an even harder and leaner time. Well done Ladies you deserve any reward thats going. You’re really well remembered with pride up here in Lincolnshire.

    By Patrick Collins (Catswhiskas) (07/08/2008)
  • My mother, Ivy Cother along with several other Mile Oak and Portslade mothers worked on the land for Farmer Broomfield. I was two years old when I can recall Mum daily pushing my pram down to where the old Black caravan was parked, near where the Girls School was built. There was a Ms. Hornsby, Ms. Hutton, and several others whose children would play all day near the caravan. I preferred to sleep the days away curled up on a pile of raincoats, inside the caravan. Ivy suffered for the rest of her life with a “bad back” from bending as they weeded the huge field, from Chalky Lane up to Mile Oak Road, and down to where later Valley Road would be.

    By Bonny Cother (26/09/2020)

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