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Elsie Ridsdale

Woman's Land Army


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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