Commendation for WW2 'Land Girls'
"Land Girls", who worked on British farms to ensure food was
supplied during World War II, are to receive a commendation
recognising their efforts.
All surviving members of the
Women's Land Army, which was 80,000-strong at its peak, will
receive a special badge.
They "worked tirelessly for
the benefit of the nation" during the 1940s, Environment
Secretary Hilary Benn said. "Their selfless service to the
country deserves the recognition that this badge will
represent," he added.
The "Land Girls" wore green
ties and jumpers along with brown hats. Many of them kept
working for five years after the war, until the Women's Land
Army was finally disbanded in 1950.
Their work was an important
factor in ensuring milk, vegetables and other homegrown produce
could be distributed around the country at a time of rationing
And there were also "Lumber
Jills", in the separate Women's Timber Corps, who were based in
forests and provided wood which could be distributed nationwide.
"Supplying the nation with food and timber during the dark days
of war was no easy task," said Mr. Benn, who will honour the
first group of recipients next year.
"I look forward to meeting
some of the veterans and presenting them with their badges." The
Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said
anyone wishing to apply for the commendation should fill out an
application form, which would be made available "in the early
part of next year".
It has also set up a
telephone hotline for enquiries about the badge, which is
from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2007/12/06 15:02:56 GMT