By Marion Jefferies
Marion Jefferies's account of over fifty Women's Land military hostels is stuffed with quirky tales concerning the nerve-racking lives of drained, noisy and hungry women. There are stories of the way the women slept, ate and socialized in shared dormitories. It documents how one outdated farmhouse had just a unmarried oil lamp, which lit the dormitory; how candles have been caught to the bunk beds and the women have been pressured to whinge approximately wax spilling directly to their outfits and bedding; and the way, at Stockton, bats flew freely within the the women' dormitories.
Some wardens have been domineering, neglectful, spiteful and inefficient. One warden used to be sour in the direction of her fees or even boxed a girl's ears. besides the fact that, a number of different wardens have been homely, sort and a true pal to the younger ladies, they usually have been remembered with nice affection.
Included within the booklet are omit Jacob Smith's inspection experiences of hostel existence, which illustrate the genuine trials, concerns and happiness of the women, a few simply sixteen or 17 years previous and clear of domestic for the 1st time.
This is a significant, well-researched background of the Women's Land military Hostels in Yorkshire and due to the wonderful stories and joviality of many veterans contacted by way of the writer, it's been illumined by way of quite a few light-hearted moments of what used to be to them 'the nice experience in their lives'.
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Yorkshire Women at War: Story of the Women's Land Army Hostels by Marion Jefferies