Women's Land Army


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Characters Mary Augusta Ward
The novel draws on MAW 's knowledge of the work of land girls (members of the Women's Land Army )—such as those led by her daughter Dorothy at Stocks—and the recent transformation of...
Employer Elspeth Huxley
After her stint as assistant press officer at the Empire Marketing Board in London (from 1929 to June 1932), EH moved on into broader journalism. During the second world war, in addition to quantities of...
Employer Gwen Moffat
Having left school during the second world war, Gwen Goddard worked briefly in a newspaper office, then joined the Women's Land Army . This work, however, did not appeal to her. After eighteen months she...
Occupation Rose Macaulay
RM began working on a farm near Great Shelford as a land-girl or member of what was soon to be called the Women's Land Army , a job more congenial to her than VAD nursing.
Babington Smith, Constance. Rose Macaulay. Collins, 1972.
Emery, Jane. Rose Macaulay: A Writer’s Life. John Murray, 1991.
Occupation Margaret Haig, Viscountess Rhondda
She was the liaison between the ministry and the Women's Land Army , Women's Legion , Voluntary Aid Detachment and others. In her practice as well as in memoranda to Lord Milner , the Secretary...
Occupation Vita Sackville-West
VSW became a designated ambulance driver and local organiser of the Women's Land Army .
Glendinning, Victoria. Vita. Penguin, 1984.
Occupation Catharine Amy Dawson Scott
Membership in the Corps grew rapidly between 1915 and 1916; after that this body was absorbed into the government-sponsored Women's Land Army , founded in 1917. CADS spent much of the war travelling round Britain...
Textual Production Elspeth Huxley
EH 's work with the BBC Schools Programme developed into a number of informational works: a series of scripts entitled Our Allies for the Army Education broadcasts, and for children White Man and Black Man...


11 September 1915
The first British Women's Institute was founded in Llanfair, Anglesey, Wales; the first Women's Institute of all had been founded in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, in 1897.
July 1917
The Women's Land Army was established in order to supply a workforce for agricultural and related work.
1 June 1939
The Women's Land Army (WLA) was re-established under Lady Denman 's direction to recruit women not already trained and employed in agricultural work. All staff and officers were women.
1 April 1940
The Land Girl, a magazine aimed at members of the Women's Land Army , began publication.
April 1941
Women were compelled to register for work.
10 April 1941
The National Service Act legislated conscription for women.
April 1942
The Women's Timber Corps was established in England and Wales.
By December 1943
80,000 women (known as land girls) were serving in England and Wales in the Women's Land Army , which had been started during the First World War to take over farm labour from men...
16 February 1945
Lady Denman resigned as Honorary Director to protest the exclusion of Women's Land Army members from demobilisation benefits extended to members of other war services.
21 October 1950
A ceremony at Buckingham Palace marked the official end of the Women's Land Army .