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Fiona Elizabeth Cook

Women?s Land Army

from:Woking, Surrey

I joined the Women's Land Army in 1943 when I was 17, was sent to Ripley, Surrey for 2 weeks training on a dairy farm. I travelled to the Guinness Dairy Farm in Old Woking, was billeted with the head cowman, Bob, This farm was owned by Lord Iveagh, with a herd of Guernsey Cows. We did all the milking, care of the calves and bulls. We also helped at harvest time, so it was a long day.

I served 3 years in the Land Army, and actually met my husband whilst milking a cow! He was an Officer cadet in the Royal Engineers, and had come to attend his cousin's wedding. She worked in the Dairy.

I am 90 in March, and we will celebrate our 70th wedding anniversary in Dec, this year. We emigrated to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1948, and still live here. My Maiden name was Hilton, and would be very interest to contact anyone who remembers me?

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