How to look for records of... Women’s Land Army
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to researching records of the Women’s Land Army. The original service records of the Women’s Land Army have not survived. The National Archives has microfiche copies of alphabetical index cards from 1939 to 1945 that contain some basic information about the women’s service.
What do I need to know before I start?
What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
What other resources will help me find information?
Did you know?
The Women’s Land Army was first created in January 1917, wound up in 1919, and then re-established shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, in June 1939. It was disbanded again in 1950.
It was set up to help increase the amount of food grown within Britain.
At its peak in 1943 over 80,000 women from all backgrounds, the big cities as well as the countryside, were ‘land girls’.
Surviving members of the Women’s Land Army (or spouses or families of members who died after 6 December 2007) can apply for a commemorative badge from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs acknowledging the debt that the country owes them.
The index cards for Scotland are held by the National Records of Scotland.