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Forewoman Rosemary Richards

Women's Land Army Nottinghamshire


Rosemary Richards left her job at the Mansfield Shoe Co. in May 1943. and joined the Women's Land Army on the 26th of May. She did her training at Ranskill, Notts then worked on Blyth Farm at Mansfield, working with the pigs. She then moved to Babwoth Hostel in Retford and worked on surrounding farms doing thrashing, field work, potato picking etc. Later she moved to Clipstone Hostel worked on various farms nearby then moved back to Retford as a Forewoman/Driver.

Rosemary moved again to the ex prisoner of war camp, Arnold camp, nr Woodbourgh, Notts. It was said that conditions in the camp were not good enough for prisoners of war so moved them out and put Land Girls in instead. She stayed there as Forewoman/Driver until released to get married on 26th of November 1949. She made many friends of which I am still in touch with some and joined Women's Land Army Association and went to the Royal Albert Hall for the Inaugural Meeting as well as many other WLA meets and attended the last meet at Birmingham. She was proud to march in the Armistice Parade in London to the Cenotaph and was seen on TV footage and also attended the unveiling by the Queen of the Memorial to the women who served in WW2.

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