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Bedfordshire Women's Land Army

Roll Call of Bedfordshire Land Girls
Margaret Jeanne Perry

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Name Perry, Margaret Jeanne
Date of birth 4 May 1924
Born Paignton, Devon
Joined WLA 22 March 1943
Left WLA 18 January 1949
WLA No. 111613
Trained Luton Hoo & Ravensden.
Employed Employed by private farmers in the Eyeworth area nr. Sandy and by Beds. War Ag. at Silsoe and Ravensden, where she was Forewoman.
Married name Chessum
Further information Former sales ledger clerk, aged 18. Living in Luton, Bedfordshire at enrolment. Margaret and Mary Clarke, a fellow land girl, lodged with Mr and Mrs Frank Brim in a cottage in the high Street, Eyeworth.
She took one year course at Northamptonshire Institute of Agriculture, Moulton, before returning to become a trainer at the Ravensden Training Hostel. Demobilised.
Margaret Perry

Margaret Perry with milk churns

Ravensden training farm

Margaret Perry (far right) with trainee land girls setting off for local fields to learn arable crop skills at Ravensden.

Margaret in 2002

Margaret in 2002

Oral Reminiscence Listen to Margaret's reminiscences of life in the Ravensden Training hostel. Extract from interview with Stuart Antrobus. The full interview is lodged with the sound archive of the Imperial War Museum: Margaret Chessum.


Stuart Antrobus Historian/Author

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