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Forelady. Mary Wadsworth

Women's Land Army

from:Mossley, Manchester

My mum Mary Wadsworth was born in 1922 in a small town called Mossley near Manchester. She was a mill worker and joined the Land Army around 1941 & left after the war. She met my father at a dance. Like lots of other people she didn't talk much about the past although I did try a few times She told me the work was very hard and the hours were very long. She said the farmer's wife was very good with them and they mostly lived on "jam butties".

My mum recieved her Land Army badge in October 2008, she had a big party at the residential home where she lived, my grandson & his school came to sing to her. Our mayor & mayoress presented her with the badge. Although she had a good day she did whisper to me "I dug alot of potatoes for that medal". Sadly my Mum died in November 2009. I am now trying to contact anyone who may have been on the farm with her at Bletchley Park, Leighton Buzzard.

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