Royal day out for Sheffield Land Girl

Edna Dickson with the Land Girls being inspected by the Queen Mother in 1950.
Edna Dickson with the Land Girls being inspected by the Queen Mother in 1950.
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A former Land Girl from Sheffield who worked on a farm during the Second World War has attended the VIP unveiling of a lasting memorial to recognise women’s efforts to keep the country going.

Edna Dickson, aged 95, was invited to the event at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, which was attended by the Duchess of Wessex.

Edna Dickson, former Land Girl at the unveiling of the national memorial.

Edna Dickson, former Land Girl at the unveiling of the national memorial.

Edna, who was born in Sheffield and lived on City Road for many years, joined the Land Army in 1940 and served on a farm in Warwickshire during and after World War Two.

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The Land Army disbanded in 1949 but she stayed at the farm until 1969 to help the elderly couple who ran it.

Edna, who now lives at Broomcroft Nursing Home on Ecclesall Road South, said: “I enjoyed it immensely. I did all sorts of farming jobs and looked after the animals.”

She never married or had children but returned to Sheffield and worked as a secretary at High Storrs School for 15 years.

In 1950 Edna was one of several Land Girls who were invited to meet the Queen Mother at Buckingham Palace.

The new monument, which depicts a Land Girl and a Lumber Jill, was created as a lasting tribute to the Women’s Land Army and Timber Corps.

The women were recruited when the men were sent to war and helped to keep the country’s agricultural industry going.

It was paid for following a fundraising drive by the Staffordshire branch of the Women’s Food and Farming Union and officially unveiled by Sophie Wessex following a dedication service.

Edna said: “There were hundreds of Land Girls there from all over the country. I only saw the top of the Duchess’ head but it was nice to be invited.”