Land Girl Elsie Bailey

The Women's Land Army badge. This is a brass badge with a sheaf of corn in the centre and a King's crown at the top. Around the edge it says Women's Land Army.Women's Land Army page

Elsie Bailey:

Women's Land Army

Early Life:

Elsie was born on the 9th July 1920 to Harold W Bailey and Edith Bailey (nee Gill) in Keighley, West Yorkshire. As a young man Harold had worked in the mills as a worsted spinner and then as a fireman in a worsted mill. He married Elsie's mother Edith at the Utley Congregational Chapel in 1914 and in the 1921 census he was a fitter working for H.M. Government as an engineering instructor and he was training ex-servicemen at the Municipal Institute in Keighley.

In the 1939 Register along with Elsie's sister Hilda, they are all living at 2 Clock View Street, Beechcliffe, Keighley. Harold is now working as a bus cleaner, but is also listed as being in the works Air Raid Patrol (possibly for the bus company?). Hilda is a stocking knitter and has recently married as her surname has been changed to Butterfield. Elsie is working as a Burler and Mender.

War service:

On the 27th August 1941 Elsie joins the Womens Land Army (WLA) and is still living at 2 Clock View Street though her occupation has changed to winder. A month later she is transferred to Worcester on the 29th September where she stays until January 1944 when she resigns due to medical reasons.

Later Life:

Nothing is currently known about Elsie's life after she resigns from the WLA.


England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line] (accessed
1921 census. (accessed from Find My Past)
England & Wales 1939 Register (accessed
Women's Land Army record 1941-1945 (accessed
West Yorkshire, Non-Conformist Records, 1646-1985 [database on-line] (accessed

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