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Celia Hughes

Land Army

I was born and brought up in Meanwood, I was evacuated from Notre Dame school in 1939 then signed up for the WLA in 1942. I was so innocent at the time, not even 18. I left Leeds at the age of 17 to serve for three years with the WLA. I was a rat catcher and really enjoyed it, although we didn't have the choice to be scared of them. First I was sent to the countryside, picking potatoes in Wales and then to Cornwall to catch rats. I was given a van to drive in a team of four. They didn't have driving tests or traffic lights in those days. I have lots of happy memories. I met my husband Fred, who was in the Royal Artillery Corps in Penzance. and we returned to Leeds in 1945 to marry.

The Land Army Girls were not very well recognised at the time for our service, so it is nice to be finally given a badge for our contribution. Sadly most of my pals from those days have died now, so they will never know.










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