Reference MAF 59/15
Title Women's Land Army. Second World War. Correspondence and papers. Instructions issued to County Committees, circular letters and memoranda
Former Department Reference SL. 64490
Government Department Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Themes Preparations for War and Peace, Rationing and Supply
Subthemes Central and local government, Agriculture and food supply, Labour supply and relations
Document Types Official Correspondence, Memoranda, Miscellaneous
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Balcombe, Llandudno, London, Torquay
Organisations British Broadcasting Corporation, Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts, Entertainments National Service Association, Forestry Commission, National Farmers' Union, National Federation of Women's Institutes, National Union of Agricultural Workers, Transport and General Workers' Union, War Agricultural Executive Committees, Women's Institute, Women's Land Army, Women's Timber Corps, Young Women's Christian Association


A file containing copies of correspondence and memoranda issued by the Women's Land Army and sent to its county offices. Topics covered by the documents include the financial and banking arrangements of local committees; the wages of clerical staff; the training programme for recruits of the Women's Land Army; the acquisition, replacement, and disposal of Women's Land Army uniforms; and the recruitment of a seasonal auxiliary force to assist the Women's Land Army. Other topics discussed include the decision to move the Women's Land Army headquarters from Balcombe to London; transportation arrangements, including travel warrants and free travel for the holidays; publicity for the Women's Land Army, including propaganda and representation at public events; the wages of the Women's Timber Corps; arrangements for the medical examination of volunteers; the procedure for establishing hostels for volunteers; and the transfer of the labour supply of the Women's Land Army around the country.


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