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Joan Smithson

Women's Land Army

from:Bootle, Liverpool

My late mother was in the Women's Land Army with the no 42884. Her name at the time was Joan Smithson and came from Bootle in Liverpool and was 18 when she joined up in Lancs.

She was transferred to Salop on the 7th of July, 1941, resided in a hostel in Shrewsbury and worked at Wellington farm Eyton.

I have several pictures of mother with other Land Girls and at work on the farm including one of mother and another Land Girl feeding the cows with the Minister of Agriculture Mr R S Hudson watching during a visit to Shropshire. This picture and a write up appeared in the Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News May 16th 1942.

I have my mother's Tie , Armband and Badge. I also have my mother's release card and letter from the County Secretary of Shropshire, 66 Abbey Forgate, Shrewsbury granting mother's discharge on account of marriage. Mother served from 18/04/1941 to 30/06/1945.

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