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We were told we would be there for four weeks but it was changed to five weeks because of a proposed visit by the Duchess of Gloucester.We were taught a lot about farming also how to groom a horse.After a tractor accident and three months in hosptal I convalesced at Rest Break House, Torquay. I now live in Tasmania (since 1956) and have a large family. My mother was in the land army stationed at Redworth House, Totnes, South Devon till around 1949 Her name was Kathleen Parfitt.I then became a forewoman at the Guisborough hostel and organised the work for 30 girls until the war ended. She would love to hear from anyone who was billeted their around that time especially Sally Marriot who she lost touch with some years ago all she can remember is Sally moved back to Matlock in Derbyshire were she married and seems to think she ran a post office.The wages were so low that there was very little left.Lady Denham asked Winston Churchill to pay us more money_but he refused. After a few weeks we were sent from Totteridge to Oaklands Agriculture College at St, Albans Hertfordshire.I had a reply which stated that I couldn't leave the garage because the manager would not release me.
In the field were some cattle and the girls asked me if they were bulls.81742 enlisted July 1942 and discharged November 1950 she would like to hear from her friends especially Louise Carse may now be Mc Guire. I worked on a farm at Thirsk in Yorkshire for a short time. Thereafter, with six other girls I went to work for Mr Swires at Norton-le-Clay.We lived in a cottage called Bagwash and bagwashing was part of our general farm work duties.The dust would get in our eyes and ears and up our noses.When we were on the thresher feeding the wheat into the drum after a while it would draw you towards it so we took it in turns.