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Bedfordshire Women's Land Army

Roll Call of Bedfordshire Land Girls
Frances 'Frankie' Marie Guttridge

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Name Guttridge, Frances 'Frankie' Marie
Date of birth 15 November 1926
Place at enrolment Lewisham, London
Joined WLA 27 October 1945
Left WLA 18 September 1947
WLA No. 161896
Trained [Not known]
Employed Employed by Beds. War Ag. at Potton, "Chimney Corner" (Elstow/Houghton Conquest), Toddington and Aspley Guise Hostels.
Married name Jones
Further information Former clerk, aged 18. Transferred to Bedfordshire. Became forewoman at The Holt, Aspley Guise.

Of Lewisham, London, was evacuated as a schoolgirl, during the war, to Hastings, then Wales, and finally to Daventry. She loved life in the countryside so joined the post-war Land Army after a brief spell as a clerk at Lewisham Town Hall. Frances became a Forewoman at "The Holt" and shared a bedroom with Dora, a Driver. Some Saturday afternoons she used to hitch a lift home to London, along the A5 Watling Street because she couldn't afford the train fare.

She left the Land Army in order to marry a local hairdresser, Bill Jones, who was also an excellent accordion player with a local dance band. After marriage, she worked for a further year for Frank Sommerford at Mill Lane Farm, Salford. She remembered him as a man with huge hands who could carry twenty chicken's eggs at a time.

Land Girls relaxing in the recreation room: Aspley Guise Hostel

Land Girls relaxing in the recreation room: Aspley Guise Hostel
(l-r) Doreen Wright, Doris ?, Frances Guttridge, Peggy 'Tich' Kennedy, Mavis Tickle, ?, Joan Mack, Dorothy 'Dot' ? and Joan Taylor


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