Roll Call of Bedfordshire Land Girls
Mary 'Mickie' Ursula Hickey
|Name||Hickey, Mary 'Mickie' Ursula|
|Date of birth||14 July 1925|
|Joined WLA||15th February 1943|
|Left WLA||19th July 1947|
|Trained||On the job|
|Employed||Employed by Beds. War Ag. at Leighton Buzzard, Kensworth and Whipsnade hostels.|
|Further information||Former window dresser in boutique, then wartime paint
sprayer, aged 17 on enrolment to WLA. Living in Luton, Bedfordshire
She remembered that, when at Kensworth Hostel, land girls were locked in the library when American soldiers were around, for their protection. Although petite, a farmer had to grudgingly admit, "I tell you what, girl, you're the only woman who knows how to use a pitchfork." Demobilised.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/ww2/ article no. A5484152
You can read a poem by Mary in Land Girl Poetry: Women's Land Army.
'Farm Sunday' Parade, Wardown Park,Luton, June 1943
(l-r) Betty ?, Mary Hickey and May Marsberg
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