Barbara Keeley MP


New badge for women’s land army

news204Barbara has welcomed the Government’s announcement that a new badge has been commissioned for service in the Women’s Land Army.

Also known as the Land Girls, the Women’s Land Army worked on the home front to provide food and timber to the nation during the Second World War. At its peak in 1943 there were some 80,000 women working long hours on the farms. They supplied the nation with food, supporting the war and avoiding food shortages.

The Women’s Timber Corps, also known as the Lumber Jills, worked tirelessly in the forests to provide timber for the war effort felling trees, sawing timber and sharpening saws.

Barbara recently hosted a Veterans Badge presentation for Worsley veterans, but only 2 out of 40 veterans were women. The Women’s Land Army badge will ensure that both men and women are properly recognised for their efforts during the war.

Barbara said:

“Women made a vital contribution to this country during the second world war through their service in the Women's Land Army and the Women's Timber Corps. The women worked tirelessly on the land and felling trees and sawing timber. Now that badges are being presented to veterans for military service and for service as Bevan Boys, I am delighted that the service of women during the war will also be recognised. My office will publicise the details of how to apply for the badges as soon as it is announced in the New Year as I am very keen that women in Worsley apply for their badges".

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