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We remember the Land Girls and Lumber Jills
July 30, 2016
'Without their help the nation would probably have starved' They dug for victory.
A life size statue to honour their vital work was unveleid at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in October 2014.
Land Girls - the 'Forgotten Army'
Land Girls worked on farms to feed the nation when men went to war. Lumber Jills worked in forestry. The official minimum age was 17, but some lied and enrolled at 16 or even younger. Many had been barmaids, waitresses, maids, hairdressers or mill workers, and some enrolled straight from school.
With their uniform of green ties and jumpers and brown felt slouch hats, they toiled from dawn to dusk each day. They planted and harvested crops, tended animals and poultry, and delivered milk - all for £1.40 a week, with 70p deducted for board and lodging.
Often referred to as the 'Forgotten Army ', 20,000 surviving Land Girls were finally honoured in 2007 when the Government announced their efforts would be recognised with a commemorative badge.