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Lillian Jessie Shrivell

Women's Land Army


My Mum, Lil Shrivell and her sister, Violet Shrivell, were billeted at Poynings, Sussex. My Mum at Millie Grover's. They both worked at Saddlescombe Farm nr.Poynings, My Mum on the the thrashing machine, my Auntie milking the cows. They cycled the steep hill to the farm daily and also were requested to help on 2 other farms. She often talked about Major Penny but I have no information about which farm he owned or worked on. One of her best friends was Nora Hollingdale who married Stan and became a Hillier. Mum had been engaged to Charlie Hollingdale (apparently no relation to Nora) for 3 years he being the shepherd at Saddlescombe but when Saddlescombe became a dairy farm Charlie and his sheep were sent to Eastbourne where he met and married Betty who is now in her 90's. Charlie has passed away. Mum also knew Stan and Grace Hollingdale the brother and sister of Charlie. Mum met my Dad, George Haines when he came home on leave in 1944 and they had many very happy years together but sadly have both now passed away. Is there anyone out who remembers my Mum or Auntie?

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