Community History Collection
Speaker: Poultney, Joan, 1924 - , Interviewee, Female, Cutter; Women's Land Army;
Speaker: Kirby, Margot, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Briefly describes the outbreak of the Second World War. Recalls being called up to the Women's Land Army in Leicestershire in 1942. Describes the uniform and going to Frisby on the Wreake, Leicestershire. Mentions milking. Details transfer to Barwell and Thorpe Satchville hostel. Mentions the social life, work, food, unhelpful farmers, and attitudes towards black American soldiers. Recalls thrashing machine and learning to drive. Details wages and food. Mentions stayed in Land Army until 1948. Comments on working with Italian and German Prisoners of War (POWs). Recalls meeting husband. Talks about Land Army and service women's reputation. Mentions joining Land Army association in 1964. Recalls various anecdotes from when she was in the Land Army. Lists jobs on the farms.
Place of birth:
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Maintenance Engineer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Periods Covered: 1940s
Recording Date: 10/6/1994
Playing time: 1hr 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: CHCL
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