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Reference MAF 59/4
Title Women's Land Army. Second World War. Correspondence and papers. Enrolment of Volunteers
Former Department Reference SL. 58049
Government Department Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Themes Rationing and Supply, Preparations for War and Peace
Subthemes Labour supply and relations, Pre-war planning, Agriculture and food supply
Document Types Official Correspondence, Meeting Minutes, Letters and Statements from the Public
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Balcombe, Canada, Carlisle, Cheshire, Crewe, Cumberland, Derbyshire, Devizes, Devon, East Sussex, Essex, Exeter, Hampshire, Kent, King's Lynn, Lincolnshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Norwich, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Salisbury, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Swindon, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, Worksop
Organisations Auxiliary Territorial Service, British Broadcasting Corporation, National Farmers' Union, Queen's Institute of District Nursing, Royal Air Force, Royal Army Medical Corps, Royal Automobile Club, Royal Navy, War Agricultural Executive Committees, Women's Auxiliary Air Force, Women's Consultative Committee, Women's Farm and Garden Association, Women's Institute, Women's Land Army, Women's Royal Naval Service

Description

A file containing documents relating to the recruitment and membership of women in the Women's Land Army. Documents in the file include correspondence and minutes of meetings dealing with issues relating to the Women's Land Army; and letters from the public enquiring about the organisation and its application process. Topics covered in the documents include the procedure for enrolling in the Women's Land Army; the status of the organisation in relation to the Schedule of Reserved Occupations; the age limits on enrolment; shortages in the numbers of volunteers applying for the Women's Land Army; and issues relating to a radio broadcast appeal for volunteers. Other topics discussed include the enrolment of nurses in the Women's Land Army; the enrolment of overseas volunteers; the forms of propaganda being used for recruitment; and the enrolment of former members of the Women's Land Army in other women's auxiliary services.

Keywords

age of reservation, agricultural equipment, agricultural production, agricultural workers, agriculture, aliens, civil defence, clothing, conscription, coupons, employment, factories, female labour, fuel, holidays, hospitals, industrial workers, industry, labour shortages, labour supply, motor vehicles, munitions industry, nurses, part-time employment, petrol, pre-war planning, propaganda, publications, radio broadcasts, recruitment, reserved occupations, statistics, surplus, tractors, transportation, unemployment, uniforms, unskilled labour, vermin, vocational training, volunteers, wages, welfare, women's auxiliary services, youths

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