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Pamela Iris Manton

Land Army

from:Birmingham

My wife- Pamela Manton then- joined the Land Army in 1947 when she was 17. She served for 5 years. Until then she had lived with her parents at Small Heath in Birmingham. We are both now approaching 80.She was first of all put as an orderly at Oldberrow House near Henley in Arden, after three months as an orderly she began performing regular land work (her first job being ditching)After some time at Oldberrow House she was sent to Wolverton Court at Snitterfield. Much later she was sent to another hostel in Henley in Arden- and finally she was stationed at yet another hostel in Atherstone in Warwickshire. (a hostel that was later replaced by an estate of houses)Although the WLA was disbanded in 1950, my wife stayed on to finally complete her 5 years. She had always said that those 5 years in the WLA were some of the happiest in her life, and so a short time ago I wrote to the present owners of Wolverton Court who said that if we called on them they would show us around, unfortunately I gave up our car (due to my age and the car's age) some time ago and so there was no way we could get there. But when I wrote to the present owners of Oldberrow house they were happy to arrange a get-together of other ex land girls. They even collected us. There were 7 ladies at the party and though my wife was happy to meet them, unfortunately none of them had known my wife. So if there are any ex-land girls who were at Oldberrow House- Wolverton Court-or the hostel in Atherstone and remember Pam Manton, as she was then- my wife would be delighted to hear from them.










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