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Women's Timber Corps staff in Moray  circa 1942
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No: 286   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1942
Women's Timber Corps staff in Moray circa 1942

Photograph courtesy of Mrs Beatrice Sutherland(nee Cumming), Huntly.

Most of names are unfortunately not remembered but the following are: 3. Beatrice Cumming - Rothes area, 4.Jane MacWilliam - Rothes area, 6. Jean Charles - Huntly area?.
Beatrice remembers her first day's work cross cutting logs in Dundurcas wood in warm, brilliant sunshine wearing a short sleeved open neck blouse resulting in very painful sun burn that night. She was based at home initially working in local woods including Ardcanny but when the work moved elsewhere she was billeted with about 10 others in a nissen hut near Garmouth. The group travelled quite long distances in lorries to different locations leaving at 6.30am and back at 6.30pm. At some point Beatrice was allocated work near Dallas and was able to get digs in Forres, a change from barrack life. It was here that in adddition to her work felling, measuring, crosscutting and loading lorries in the wood that she had a spell in the sawmill helping again to measure, stack, roll logs to the saw bench and sometimes put them through the saw. Cigarettes were a strong feature in every day life then and after some strong persuasion she did start smoking but the habit wore off after demob in 1946.

If any one can add the above story and identify more of the group or supply other photographs please do add your comments in the spaces below. Check larger photograph for detail if required.
Picture added on 27 November 2007
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Hello. In 1941 At the age of 14 I got a job with the Forestry at Green Hill, Deskford. Stayed in a camp at Oat hillock and then about 1944-1945 we moved to a camp near Dallas called Edenvale but worked at Loch Loy forest near Nairn so I knew most all of these girls and remember most of their names. Here is a list:
1 Nanny Archibald, Lossiemouth/ 2 Mrs McHardy, Elgin/ 3 Beatrice Cumming, Rothes/ 4 I Mcwilliam, Rothes/ 5 J Campbell, ?/ 6 Jean Charles, Huntly/ 7 C Hedley, ?/
8 Mary Simpson, Dunphail/9 M Gordon, ?/10 Gertie Short, Alloa/ 11 Jean Pow, Edinburgh/ 12 Uknown/ 13 Crissie Simpson, Dunphail/14 Violet Hewson, Lossiemouth/15 Nan Marshall Cullen/ 16 Betty Carmichael.

Hope this is of some intrest to you. I also have a few photoes which I could send if I had your E mail Address
Yours Jock Baillie

Added by John Baillie [Sunshine] on 15 November 2009.
Such beautiful ladies, smartly dressed and looking proud.

I am in awe of the work that both the WLA and WTC did in such difficult times when they were needed the most.

Added by Nicky Reynolds on 14 January 2019.
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