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The Women's Land Army



The Women's Land Army was formed in February 1917 to provide a full-time, workforce for agricultural industries. It was funded and controlled by the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries. The Land Army numbered 113,000 women, their labour made up some one-third of all labour on the land.

List of those who served with The Women's Land Army during The Great War



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  • The Wartime Memories Project is the original WW1 and WW2 commemoration website

    This website has been running for 16 years and receives in excess of a million hits per month. The website and our group will continue long after the 2014-18 events are over. We hope that people will continue to support us by submitting material and stories in addition to submitting to the new websites set up for the anniversary.

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Did you know? We also have a section on World War Two. and a Timecapsule to preserve stories from other conflicts for future generations.


Gertrude Elizabeth Ann Curtis

Gertrude Curtis was my Grandmother, she served in the Land Army whilst her boyfriend, my Grandfather, was serving with the Norfolk Regiment in Mesopotamia. I have a copy of her discharge certificate which states that she was 'a excellent milker'. She was awarded a badge amulet stripe for this achievement. She was enrolled at Norwich on 10th July 1918 and demobilised on 30th November 1919.

She and my Grandad, James Richard Hipkin, were married at Great Ryburgh Church in Norfolk on September 17th 1919. They had three children, two sons and a daughter. Their daughter was my mother, Kate Elizabeth Ann, who was in the Land Army during WW2. She worked on a farm at Docking. Kate had wanted to join the WAAF but was declared medically unfit.

Brenda Ann Scade



Grace Dolman Anderson

I am not sure of many facts regarding my great grandmother Grace Anderson (married name Lucas) as she died before I was born and my grandfather remembers very little. He says she was in the Women's Land Army as a young woman and married a middle class man called George Samuel Lucas. Apparently this caused a stir in the middle class Lucas family and George was cut off as he had married beneath himself.

I do have a photograph of her as an old woman, but none when she was young, as my grandfathers house burned down in the seventies and most family photos were lost. I really want to find out more and would be so grateful for anything anyone can tell me.

Sarah Rose



Mary Elizabeth Connor

My Grandmother Mary Elizabeth Connor served in the Women's Land Army (the surname may have been O'Connor at that time as I am not sure when the O was dropped). I remember being told that she joined without telling her parents and that she was given a hiding from her father for having her hair cut as previously it had been below her waist.

After my mother passed away I came across a photograph of my grandmother, in the uniform of the WLA, the photographer was by F & G Beales, High St., Boston, England and I would like to know if there are records of when and where she served, can anyone help?

Anita Masters



Dorothy NMI Axford

My mother, Dorothy Axford, was in the Land Army. She had attended Temple University, probably in Ambler, PA. She worked on a farm owned by people named Barnett. She died in 1984 in Florida.




Jean Battersby

S. Flynn



Florence Jane Beeden Newstead Abbey

My nan, Florence Beeden, was stationed at Newstead Abbey as part of the Woman's Land Army. She was quite short but had no fear of riding the shire horses used on the land. She smoked at the time but having taught the other ladies to smoke, then gave up herself! I believe she was given an item from the house when she left, a music box I think which my mother now has along with a book on the abbey. While stationed there she met my Grandad, Percy Beeching who was in training despite having his arm in a sling having recently lost a finger in a threshing machine. Thankfully he never got to France as the war ended before his training was completed I think.

Amanda Coney



Annie Leafe

Aycliffe Village Local History Society



Welfare Officer. Ruth Hendry

In 1911 Ruth Hendry went to a dairying course at the Agricultural College in Kilmarnock. Being too young to take the National Dairy Diploma, she returned home to Biddenham, Bedfordshire, and studied chemistry during the winter. The next summer she went to Reading University and there took the National Dairy Diploma. She subsequently ran dairies in Ireland and in Devonshire.

During the early part of WW1 she was an instructress at a farm school in Kent, then a lecturer in Lincolnshire where she travelled to many villages demonstrating the making of skim milk cheeses. In early 1918, she became a welfare officer for the Land Army. Ruth was appointed to the welfare of the counties of Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire which she travelled first on a bicycle and then on a motorcycle visiting and coping with the problems of the land army girls.

In 1919 Ruth and a friend led the land army girls in the peace procession through the town of Bedford. The Land Army was then de-mobbed and Ruth had a variety of appointments in industry culminating with 25 years service as personnel manager with Yardley and Company in the east end of London until her retirement in 1954. In 1951 Ruth was awarded an MBE for her contribution to the welfare of employees in industry and during the wars.

Ruth Hendry Certificate of service

Philip Knight-Jones






Can you help us to add to our records?

The names and stories on this website have been submitted by their relatives and friends. If your relations are not listed please add their names so that others can read about them


Did your relative live through the Great War? Do you have any photos, newspaper clippings, postcards or letters from that period? Have you researched the names on your local or war memorial?

If so please let us know.

Do you know the location of a Great War "Roll of Honour?"

We are very keen to track down these often forgotten documents and obtain photographs and transcriptions of the names recorded so that they will be available for all to remember.

Help us to build a database of information on those who served both at home and abroad so that future generations may learn of their sacrifice.




Celebrate your own Family History

Celebrate by honouring members of your family who served in the Great War both in the forces and at home. We love to hear about the soldiers, but also remember the many who served in support roles, nurses, doctors, land army, muntions workers etc.

Please use our Family History resources to find out more about your relatives. Then please send in a short article, with a photo if possible, so that they can be remembered on these pages.











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