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Brake Urges Members of the Women's Land Army and Women's Timber Corps to sign up for their Badges

February 4, 2008 10:12 AM

Members of the Women's Land Army & Women's Timber Corps who served during either the First or Second World Wars are now eligible to apply for a badge commemorating their efforts.

Tom Brake said, "For too long we have overlooked the essential role the Land Girls played in keeping the country fed during WWII and the Timber Corps played in keeping the country supplied going during WWI and WWII. This badge is a way of acknowledging and thanking them for their contribution to the war effort."

The Women's Land Army (WLA), more commonly known as the Land Girls, was formed at the outbreak of World War II to work on the land, freeing the male workers to go to war. By 1943 there were some 80,000 young women working in every aspect of agriculture to feed the nation.

Eligibility is extended to surviving members as of 6 December, 2007. Badges will not be able to be awarded to spouses or families of deceased members, except where death has occurred after 6 December 2007.

To apply for a badge, members should fill out a short application form providing their date of birth, approximate dates of service in the Women's Land Army or Women's Timber Corps, and the location at which they were stationed. The form can be obtained from Tom Brake MP, Kennedy House, 5 Nightingale Road, Carshalton SM5 2DN or is available for download at: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/regulat/forms/wla/wla1.htm

The badge is being specially designed by the Garter King of Arms and will bear the Royal Crown. A copy of the design will be put on the website http://www.defra.gov.uk/farm/working/wla/index.htm. There is no current exact date yet for when the badges will be available, but it is hoped that badges will be presented to a number of veterans early in the summer.

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