Gisele lived a wonderful experience during the war. She enrolled in the land army to provide food and timber for the nation during the Second World War as the men went to war. She lived this experience in Wales around Bala lake. I visited her on holidays during the summer of 1944, if I recall correctly. There were many girls there at the hostel where they stayed and I loved it.... being tucked to bed by the girls, especially Rosemary. Rosemary and Gisele were great friend everafter. Rosemary came to Calais after the war.... They were looking for young men to marry! See here Claude Wissocq with them at Bois de Boulogne in Paris [photo].
The Women’s Land Army and the Women’s Timber Corps, known as the Land Girls and Lumber Jills, worked on farms to feed the nation and fell timber, as the men 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.
Madeleine Moon MP said:
“The specially designed badge will recognise the tremendous efforts of the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps and acknowledge the debt that the country owes to them. Application forms are now available to anyone who believes that they may be eligible for a badge. The forms can be obtained from my constituency office, please telephone 01656 750002 and a form can be sent out to you. ”
Application forms are also available online on the DEFRA website at http://www.defra.gov.uk/farm/working/wla/index.htm Alternatively, applicants may obtain a form by telephoning 08459 33 55 77.
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