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Land Girl

A brief history about The Women's Land Army (WLA).

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The Goddard Association of Europe
No. 48 - OCTOBER 1998


Monica Goddard attended Orme Girls School from 1935-1939 (see below). As mentioned in the extract above, Monica was an Art student; she was notably awarded for her design of a WLA poster, below is an extract from the 1946 School Magazine referencing her poster.

Monica Hope Goddard: 
Entered OGS: Sept 17th 1935. Form LIIIa.   Left Dec 20th 1939. Form UVIb.

School Magazine 1946 
Reference in "News of Old Girls" section: "Monica Goddard has designed the poster (see below) now being exhibited throughout the country for the Women's Land Army. Her design was awarded first prize at a handicraft exhibition promoted by Norfolk County Committee of the WLA. Monica is remaining at least another year in the WLA before resuming her Art career at South Kensington."

As you may know, the WLA made a noteworthy commitment to boosting Britain's food generation amid the Second World War. Prior to the Second World War, Britain had imported much of its food. At the point when war broke out, it was important to grow more food at home and increase the measure of land in development.

The WLA had initially been set up in 1917 with many male agricultural workers joining the armed forces, women were needed to provide a new rural workforce. Women were at first requested to volunteer to serve in the Land Army and from December 1941, could likewise be recruited into land work.

Land girls completed a wide assortment of employments on the land. They worked in all climates and conditions and could be coordinated to work anyplace in the nation. By autumn time 1941, in excess of 20,000 ladies had volunteered to serve in the WLA.

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