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Irene Langley

Land Army

I am submitting this on behalf of my mother Irene Langley who is celebrating her 85th year in a few days. She writes:- My sister and I, joined the Land Army in 1942. Myself Irene Langley being the oldest at 19, left our home a Robinsons Pub called the Printers Arms in Stockport which has since been demolished to be joined a few weeks later by my sister Kathleen Langley who was only 17 years old. We were stationed together at a National Service Hostel - Totty's Hall in Crewe near Nantwich, Cheshire. There were only 4 Land Army Girls as the National Service Hostel, housed the Rolls Royce workers who had been sent from all over Ireland, Scotland and Wales to work in the Rolls Royce Factory. The other two Land Army girls were from Liverpool Connie Oldfield from Birkenhead and Olive Rowlands whose parents kept The Half Way House on Scotland Road in Liverpool. We all got on very well together and did our bit for the war effort by growing vegetables etc., that fed Rolls Royce Workers and ourselves for the two and half years that we were in Crewe. We met many nice people and enjoyed every minute we were there. The old man who was in charge of us was called Bill Hyam who came from Lytham, he was a great story teller. The Lady who was also in charge of us and all the Hostel Staff came from Oxford her name was Miss Mather, she was a wonderful person to work for and really took good care of us while we were in her care. I am 85 years old in March and my Sister 83 in February. We are still very close sisters and although we tend to forget what happened yesterday, we will never forget the Happy Days we Spent in the Land Army at Totty's Hall, National Service Hostel in Crew. We are Two old Ladies with lots of Memories most of them Happy of our days in the Land Army.

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