Women’s Land Army (WLA) and Women’s Timber Corps (WTC) Memorial

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Reference WMO254011

Address:

National Memorial Arboretum

Croxall Road

Alrewas

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Serviceman/woman sculpture
Materials:
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Sandstone
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A sculpture of a woman farmworker and a woman timber worker holding their tools of trade set on a rectangular white plinth with dedication in black incised letering on its front. The memorial stands on paved area. Full inscription under Names tab.
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[Front face at 6 o'clock]:WOMEN'S LAND ARMY/1917-1919 AND 1939-1950/WOMEN'S TIMBER CORPS 1942-1946/ DURING THE FIRST AND SECOND WORLD WARS, OVER 240,000 LAND GIRLS AND LUMBER JILLS/ RPOVIDED FOOD AND TIMBER FOR THE WAR EFFORTS. ON BEHALF OF OUR NATION, WE/ EXTEND OUR THANKS AND APPRECIATION FOR THE COMMITMENT AND ENDEAVOIUR/ SHOWN BY THESE YOUNG WOMEN./ THIS TRIBUTE WAS UNVEILED BY/ HRH THE COUNTESS OF WESSEX GCVO/ 21ST OCTOBER 2014/ 'A GREAT RESPONSE BY THE WOMEN OF OUR COUNTRY TO THE CALL OF DUTY IN THE NATION'S HOUR/ OF DANGER AND NEED...AND FOR THIS, THE NATION OWES THEM AN EVERLASTING DEBT'./ HER LATE MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER/ PATRON OF THE WOMEN'S LAND ARMY AND WOMEN'S TIMBER CORPS/ [Back face, at 12 o'clock]: A STAFFORDSHIRE WOMEN'S FOOD AND FARMING UNION (WFU) INITIATIVE/ SCULPTOR DENISE DUTTON/ [Side face, at 3 o'clock]:HE WORK OF THE LAND GIRLS INCLUDED:/ TENDING LIVESTOCK, MILKING, MILK DELIVERY, HANDLING HEAVY HORSES AND/ TRACTOR DRIVING, DUNG SPREADING, PLOUGHING, HARROWING, SOWING, SINGLING/ HOEING, VEGETABLE GROWING, GLASSHOUSE WORK, SPRAYING, HARVESTING, FRUIT PICKING,/ THATCHING, HAY MAKING, RAT CATCHING, POULTRY KEEPING, BEE KEEPING,/ SHEPHERDING, LAND CLEARING, DITCHING AND DRAINAGE. [Side face, at 9 o'clock]: THE WORK OF THE LUMBER JILLS INCLUDED:/ TIMBER SELECTION AND ADMINISTRATION, TREE MEASURING, FELLING, SAWING, SNIGGING,/ SNEDDING, HANDLING HEAVY HORSES AND TRUCK DRIVING, LAND CLEARING, PEST CONTROL,/ TREE PLANTING, PRODUCTION OF RAILWAY SLEEPERS, TELEGRAPH POLES, BARRICADES,/ PIT PROPS, HEDGE LAYING, PRUNING AND CHARCOAL LAYING.

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