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Margaret Harvey
Location of story: 
Hayle, Carbis Bay, Gwinear
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Civilian Force
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Contributed on: 
21 July 2005

This story has been added to the People’s War Website by CSV Volunteer Olivia Davey on behalf of the author Margaret Harvey who understands the site’s terms and conditions.

I joined the Land Army in 1945 towards the end of the war and was sent to Hayle for 2 weeks training, milking and general farm work. From there I was sent to Carbis Bay to work at Beckerleg’s Dairy. This involved a milk round in the mornings and after lunch washing and sterilizing bottles by hand. I was taught to drive. I was sent to their farm to help with the afternoon milking with another land girl who lived there. On the way back to the dairy I had to pick up churns of milk from 3 other farms, which had to be bottled before leaving work, which could be quite late in the summer with the help of another girl.
From there I went to Gwinear to Blamey’s farm doing General Farm work. This I enjoyed very much and lodged with a lovely couple in the village.
My next home was at Bodilly near Helston, which was a hatchery, breeding day old chicks. This was completely different but enjoyable. There my job was driving back and forth to Redruth Station sending “Bodilly’s” best-bred babies to different parts of the country. Other times I would be collecting the eggs from farms around and taking 2 other girls blood-testing fowls even into Devon.
I left to get married in 1948.

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