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Joan Ashton

Women's Land Army


My mother-in-law, Joan Malone (nee Ashton), speaks with such great fondness about her time in the Women's Land Army, 1948-1950 in Tuxford (stayed at the Women's Land Army Hostel) so I have been researching that time and came across this web site. I thought it would be a wonderful surprise for her if I could find any other ladies (or families) that knew her from that special time of her life. She has been living in Australia since 1966 and returned to the UK in the 1980s to visit her family and a dear Land Army friend Edna Oliver, sadly to find that she had recently passed on. So, if anyone remembers their time at Tuxford 1948-1950 with Joan Ashton and the other gorgeous girls in the photographs I would be thrilled to show her this site and any messages or photos. Thank you to all the Women's Land Army for your amazing work and dedication to your country.

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My grandmother Eileen Wolfe-Whitby (maiden name) was also in the Land Army at Tuxford around that time. Unfortunately she passed away in 2007. She did talk a lot about a friend she made in the Land Army - Edna but I believe her surname was Crapper (married name). I'm not sure what her maiden name was or whether it's the same person as Edna Oliver in your post.

My grandparents met when the Land Army was working around my grandfather's farm in Walesby. They got married in 1949 and emigrated to Australia in 1970. I'd be so curious if your mother in law remembers my grandmother. Feel free to get in touch!


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