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.
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Picture added on 27 November 2007