Land Army Girls (2)
A further three photographs featuring Land Army girls at work on local farms during WW2.
It is likely that these were part of a portfolio of posed propaganda shots arranged by the Ministry of Information for an exhibition to be shown in the USA highlighting the bravery of the Land Army continuing to farm under the constant threat of enemy fire from long range guns and attacks from the air.
The first photograph features three Land Army girls on a tractor. The girl on the left is Grace Harrison who was awarded the B.E.M (British Empire Medal) in 1942. She was 19 at the time. Her sister, Kathleen, was also awarded the B.E.M and was the wife of Gilbert Mitchell who farmed Reach Court Farm. Gilbert Mitchell was awarded the George Medal. Part of the citation in the London Gazette read :
‘Mr and Mrs Mitchell and Miss Harrison have made an unexampled effort and shown sustained bravery and devotion to duty in carrying on farming under the gunfire and air attacks of the enemy’
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