World War 2 Stories for Sheffield

Hilda Wright 

My Life On The Land Army.

By Actiondesk Sheffield

People in story: Hilda Evus Wright
Location of story: Walsingham, Norfolk


This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Bill Ross of the ‘Action Desk – Sheffield’ Team on behalf of Hilda Evus Wright.

Although unmarried women of 18 years and over had to register in order to help with the war effort, at the age of 17, I volunteered to join the land army and I was posted to Walsingham in Norfolk. By the time everyone had arrived at the station, there were 20 girls altogether. We were loaded onto a lorry, and we arrived at the church hall where we to stay. We were placed into groups.

There were four farms altogether on which we were required to work on different days. The hours were long, so we were supplied with bicycles to make things a little easier. As there was not a lot to entertain us, the highlights were when the soldiers came with lorries, and we all went to a dance hall and had quite a good time. The soldiers were told what time we had to be back at the church hall. The next time, it was the RAF station that supplied us with companions. Overall, we didn’t have a bad life.