Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s decision to formally recognise that selfless efforts of thousands of women who worked on the Home Front to provide food and timber during World War II.
The Government will acknowledge the tremendous efforts of the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps by presenting their surviving members with a specially designed badge commemorating their service and acknowledging the debt that the country owes to them.
The Women’s Land Army, colloquially known as the Land Girls, worked on farms to feed the nation, as the male workers went to war. At its peak in 1943 there were some 80,000 women working on the land, and it was continued after the war, finally being disbanded in 1950.
With their uniform of green ties and jumpers and brown felt slouch hats, they worked from dawn to dusk each day, milking cows, digging ditches, sowing seeds and harvesting crops. They supplied the nation with food, supporting the war effort and avoiding food shortages.
The Women’s Timber Corps, also known as the ‘Lumber Jills’ worked tirelessly in the forests to provide timber for the war effort felling trees, sawing timber and sharpening saws.
David Hanson said:
“The Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps made a vital contribution to this countries effort both during and after World War II and I am delighted that their selfless efforts are being formally recognised through this new badge.
“Those wishing to apply will need to submit a simple application form which will be available in the New Year. Please contact my office and I will make sure you get the information as soon as it comes available.
“Please write to David Hanson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA, emailhansond(at)parliament.uk or phone 01352 763159.”