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Bedfordshire Women's Land Army

Roll Call of Bedfordshire Land Girls
Ethel Elizabeth Sweenie

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Name Sweenie, Ethel Elizabeth
Date of birth 20 February 1927
Place at enrolment East Kilbride, Lanarkshire
Joined WLA 3 June 1943
Left WLA 28 February 1946
WLA No. 123840
Trained On the job.
Employed Employed by Beds. War Ag. at Bolnhurst hostel.
Married name Wildey
Further information Former clerk, aged 16 (said she was 17). Transferred from Southall, London to Bedfordshire 21 January 1944. Demobilised.
Ethel (middle) with two other Bolnhurst Hostel land girls

Ethel (middle) with Grace Buckeridge (left) and Elsie Allen (right)

Ethel Sweenie

Ethel during the war
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Bolnhurst picnic

Wartime picnic (l to r) Grace Buckeridge, Ethel Sweenie, 'Buddy', Mary Warner and fiancé (?) Scales

Bolnhurst Hostel group on vehicle bonnet

Top Row: Margaret 'Peggy' Shaw
Middle Row (l-r): Margaret 'Peggy' Deag, Ethel Sweenie
Bottom Row (l-r): Phyllis Swanwick, Gladys Higgins, Vera Jobling, Grace Buckeridge, Elsie Allen

Ethel Wildey (nee Sweenie)

Ethel in 2002

Oral Reminiscence Listen to Ethel's reminiscences of life in the Bolnhurst hostel (42.3 MB).

Extract from interview with Stuart Antrobus. The full interview is lodged with the sound archive of the Imperial War Museum: Ethel Wildey (24663).


Stuart Antrobus Historian/Author

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