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Freda Mary Graham

Womans Land Army

from:Wayside, Huthwaite Road, Sutton in Ashfield.

My beloved late mother Freda Mary Graham, joined the Land Army with her sister Kay (Kathleen) Graham. They were living in Sutton in Ashfield in Nottinghamshire at the time of joining. My mother used to tell me and my two sisters of wonderful tales of her hard work and adventures in the Land Army. She often spoke about driving the tilly vans and double declutching with the gears! She relayed many stories of getting up early in the mornings at 4.00 am to undertake the milking and also of the farmers making fond advances towards the land girls.

My mother was based at Grinley on the Hill in Nottinghamshire, Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire and also Fakenham in Norfolk. She absolutely loved being in the land army and enjoyed the outdoor life. Her best friend was a girl called Agnus Malone (known as Crump).

On leaving the Land Army my mother went to work for an eminent radiologist called Dr Cordiner on Harley street, before settling down to married life in Sutton in Ashfield. I would love to hear from anyone who knew my mother, her sister Kay or Agnus. Many thanks for allowing me this opportunity to share my memories of my wonderful mother.

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