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Memories of Service 5 - Joan Butland Web (Full Length Episode) – 2017 Documentary War

Memories of Service 5 - Joan Butland

Web (Full Length Episode) – 2017 Documentary War

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Joan Butland forged her father’s signature to join the Women’s Land Service. Her parents had already stopped her from becoming a nurse, so nothing was going to get in her way this time. Coming from a farm, her transition to the service was easy. But at just 17, her slight frame raised eyebrows among burly farmers, especially when it came to harnessing horses and driving four-horse teams. Butland shows pride in her home front contribution to World War ll in this interview, although in common with other former Land Girls it was only formally recognised in 2015.

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David Blyth

Director, Interviewer, Producer

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Patricia Stroud

Producer, Research

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Jed Town

Composer

He wanted a strong woman who could harness and drive a four-horse team and a wagon. So they asked me if I’d take it on and I said yes.
– Joan Butland