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29 January 2008

Barrett welcomes Land Girl & Lumber Jills’ recognition

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West today, welcomed the announcement that former members of the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps are to be offered a commemorative badge in recognition of their service during the two World Wars.

The scheme is open to any member of the Women’s Land Army or Women’s Timber Corps who served in either the First or Second World War.

The Women’s Land Army (WLA), or ‘Land Girls’ provided a great service during wartime in maintaining food production whilst men went off to fight for their country. The lesser known Women’s Timber Corps, known as the ‘Lumber Jills’ also worked tirelessly to provide timber for the war effort.

John Barrett said:

“Following on from the successful Veteran’s badge campaign, this announcement is a welcome recognition of the key role that both Land Girls and Lumber Jills played in maintaining the Home Front and in the war effort as a whole.

“I have had an overwhelming response from veterans contacting me to claim the veterans badge, I would now encourage anyone who thinks they might be eligible for the new badge to contact my office for an application form.

"Recognising the contribution of all of those who have served out country in war-time is extremely important. I hope that today’s announcement will prompt the Government to recognise other requests such as the Arctic medal campaign in the future.”

 

Notes

An application form can be obtained from the DEFRA website.

A date for the release of the badges has yet to be decided as a design is currently being produced; however, future updates will be available on the DEFRA website.

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