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Mabel Irene "Casey" Cason

Womens Land Army


Mabel Irene Cason was known as Renee or Casey. She joined the Women's Land Army on 16th of July 1943, aged 17. She worked at Harrison's Farm, Terrington St. Clement, Norfolk. Later, she worked at a farm in Weasenham, Norfolk, where the farmer didn't really want Land Army girls, and so they had to do a man's work. At one time she drove a wagon of corn to the water mill at West Newton. Later still, she was at the Land Army Hostel in Barton Bendish, Norfolk, working as part of a gang of about 20. Her Land Army friends included Audrey from Yorkshire, Edna from Liverpool, Marion from London and some from Barnsley. During her time there, she took a trip with one (or some) of the girls to Yorkshire. A local newspaper, The Lynn News & Advertiser, has two picture stories of the Barton Bendish WLA workers and she is clearly distinguishable in one. It is believed that she won a hoeing competition and that she also attended one of the WLA parades at Buckingham Palace. She finished her WLA time at Barton Bendish on 24th of October 1947, shortly before her marriage.

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