Photo Gallery - Margaret the Land Girl

We know this member of the UK Women’s Land Army was called Margaret because, in her wartime diary, Jeanne mentions her by name several times. The first occasion is when she came to tea on Sunday August 15th, 1943 and they took her for a walk to show her where Sarsden House was and the church. So it seems she must have been new to the area at that time. She is also named in a specific photo we have. Having met her wartime landlady, we learned she had a room in the house next door to Jeanne and that her surname sounded similar to Hudson, although that isn't certain. The inscribed copy of 'The Pilgrim's Progress' she gave her as a present, and which might have confirmed it, seems to have disappeared. The next occupants of the same house knew nothing of Margaret and it seems likely she may subsequently have moved in with Jeanne's family. She certainly met US soldiers there and was photographed with some of them. One recalls she was very strong, having lifted him out of his chair with one arm. But he only ever saw her in a dress and again knew her just as Margaret. She was friendly with another land girl called Joyce who later married a local farmer. A search of the surviving Land Army record cards at Kew was disappointing and it seems possible that, if her card is in there and her surname was Hudson, it was photographed out of alphabetical sequence. In that case it would be almost impossible to locate. Finding Margaret alive and well would be a significant discovery. She might possibly recall the names of the soldiers. Given her literary interests she may also have seen Anne Hughes' original manuscript and thus be a living independent witness of its existence. We'd most certainly like to get in touch with Margaret. If you can help, please get in touch with us.

   
  Margaret
UK Women's Land Army
Sarsden, Oxfordshire
1943 & 1944, possibly later
Margaret
UK Women's Land Army
Sarsden, Oxfordshire
1943 & 1944, possibly later
   
  Margaret
UK Women's Land Army
Sarsden, Oxfordshire
Easter Sunday 1944

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