Reference MAF 59/5
Title Women's Land Army. Second World War. Correspondence and papers. Enrolment of Volunteers
Former Department Reference SL. 58049A
Government Department Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Themes Rationing and Supply
Subthemes Labour supply and relations, Agriculture and food supply
Document Types Official Correspondence, Memoranda, Statistical Data
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Balcombe, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Breconshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Chippenham, Coalville, Cornwall, Cumberland, Devon, East Riding of Yorkshire, East Suffolk, Ely, Essex, Flintshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hinckley, Huntingdonshire, Ilford, Kent, Lancashire, Leicester, London, Loughborough, Lutterworth, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Shepshed, Sileby, Somerset, Staffordshire, Uxbridge, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Yorkshire
Organisations Auxiliary Territorial Service, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, War Agricultural Executive Committees, Women's Auxiliary Air Force, Women's Consultative Committee, Women's Land Army, Women's Royal Naval Service, Women's Timber Corps


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 notes on meetings dealing with issues relating to the Women's Land Army; and statistics on the strength of the Women's Land Army. Topics covered by the documents include the slowing down of recruitment to utilise the reserve of available volunteers; the suspension and later reopening of recruitment; and the procedure for dealing with applications. Other topics covered include the use of posters and leaflets as publicity for the Women's Land Army; the use of Irish nationals and Italian prisoners of war in agriculture to supplement the Women's Land Army; the amount of labour needed by the Women's Timber Corps; issues of cooperation between the Women's Land Army and local employment exchanges; labour shortages and wastage; and enrolment regulations.


accommodation, agricultural production, agricultural workers, agriculture, ambulances, clothing, conscription, dairy, disability, drainage, employment, family, female labour, film, food supplies, fruit, holidays, hostels, housing, industrial areas, industry, Irish nationals, Italian nationals, labour shortages, labour supply, marriage, midwives, nurses, part-time employment, posters, prisoners of war, publications, publicity, recruitment, reserved occupations, rural areas, statistics, sugar, surplus, timber, tomatoes, tribunals, uniforms, vegetables, vocational training, volunteers, wages, wastage, women's auxiliary services, youths

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