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Bedfordshire Women's Land Army

Roll Call of Bedfordshire Land Girls
Mabel E. Bracey

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Name Bracey, Mabel E.
Date of birth 24 September 1919
Born Mirfield, Yorkshire
Joined WLA 29 July 1941
Left WLA 30 November 1950
WLA No. [Not known]
Trained On the job.
Employed Employed by a private farmer: (Lincolnshire hostel, then Higham Park, Rushden, Northamptonshire) then Park Farm, Clapham Bedford.
Married name Stratford
More information Recruited in Huddersfield. Transferred to a Lincolnshire hostel in Sept 1941, then to Northamptonshire in Feb 1942. Served in Bedfordshire from April to November 1950.
Dairy and general farming. Given a paid holiday at the WLA Torquay Rest Home for those land girls who had served long-term and were "run-down" or recovering from illness, Dec 1948.
Took part in the final "stand-down" parade, one of 500 land girls representing Bedfordshire at Buckingham Palace, 21 October 1950.
"We were proud to be part of the parade up the Mall" in the morning and attended a service at St Paul's Cathedral in the afternoon.
Married the farmer Edward Stratford in 1952.
Mabel Bracey with friends at the sea front at Torquay.

Mabel Bracey with Joan and Sue on a rest break at Torquay, while staying at St. Elmo WLA Rest Break House.


Stuart Antrobus Historian/Author

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