Roll Call of Bedfordshire Land Girls
Frances 'Frankie' Marie Guttridge
|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|
|Employed||Employed by Beds. War Ag. at Potton, "Chimney Corner" (Elstow/Houghton Conquest), Toddington and Aspley Guise Hostels.|
|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.
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