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Elsie Ridsdale

Woman's Land Army

from:Middlesbrough

My stepmother Elsie Ridsdale joined the Land Army in 1945 at age 15 (she lied about her age to get in) and somehow got away with it for the 3 years she was serving. She was based at Leeming Bar North Yorkshire, in the camp there, she had a couple of friends from the same town. Elsie Ingledew and Maureen Walker I believe. She worked various farms. Then Elsie went to the Thirsk Hostel N. Yorks, again serving on various farms around the area, I understand she ended service in 1948. Her recollections have dimmed with time as to date details, so the exact details are a little approximate, she is now 82 years of age and bright as a button and quite fit. She can't remember her service number, but she lots of memories of the 3 years she was in and loved it. (She drives the young ones nuts with tales, but I love it). Anyone able to fill in the details? I am applying for her badge, she doesn't know about it as yet, so hopefully a nice surprise.










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