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Jessie Mary Russell

Land Army


I met my late wife, Jessie Mary Russell, from Glasgow, at a dance held in HMS Dundonald while I was in the Royal Navy in 1945. Jessie was working on a farm as a Land Girl, near Craigie, Kilmarnock, Scotland.

We used to meet by me taking a bus to Kilmarnock and Jessie, after a long walk/run to the end of the road, catching a bus to Kilmarnock to meet me there. Sometimes she managed to borrow a bike and leave it at a smallholding near the bus stop with friends she had made.

We used walk back to the farm at the end of the evening, picking up the bike on the way, until I was posted to the Far East.

I would love to go back to the farm but unfortunately I cannot remember the name of the farm or the owners. The only thing I remember was that between the main road and the farm there was a creamery on the left and the farm was on the right. I went to the area earlier this year but although I managed to find the old Naval base I could not identify the farm.

If anyone remembers Jessie I would love to hear from them.

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