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Civic chief leads tribute to Women’s Land Army

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

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SACRIFICES made by those who served with distinction in the Women’s Land Army are to be recognised.

South Derbyshire District Council wants to pay tribute to the invaluable role the civilians played in sustaining the country during two world wars.

While the men were away fighting, it was up to female volunteers to work the land, feed the nation and help maintain wood supplies.

During his year of office, authority chairman Mick Bale is raising funds to help build a permanent memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Alrewas, to honour the women.

He is also keen to meet some of the ‘land girls’ from the area to hear their stories and acknowledge their endeavours.

A reunion is being planned for spring and those who stepped in to fill the void, or their friends and family, are invited to get in touch.

Councillor Bale said: “It would be a privilege to be able to meet these women, who gave up their everyday lives to serve the country during a time of need.

“As a young person from a farming family, their dedication inspired me, as well as many others, on a daily basis.

“They answered the call in our time of need and we owe them an everlasting debt.

“We must never forget the sacrifices made and their unflinching commitment to their country.”

The Women’s Land Army was established during the First World War, when many men who worked in agriculture were fighting overseas.

This, combined with German blockades preventing food imports, meant Britain faced the threat of famine.

More than 250,000 women stepped filled the vacuum, ensuring the British at home and six million British men fighting in Europe were fed.

Thousands of women repeated the feat during the Second World War.

The Women’s Land Army continued to operate after the war until it was officially disbanded in October 1950.

Expressions of interest in attending the reunion can be made by calling Cheryl Lukaszewicz at the council on 01283 595765.

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