Who knew that there was such a group of women called Lumberjills?
It seems very few of us born in the “baby boomer” years after the second World War had heard of them.
Joanna Foat came to give us a talk, dressed in the clothes of a Lumberjill, that explained how a dedicated army of women took on heavy manual labour cutting down trees in the forests of the UK and made them into the raw planks and beams needed for railway sleepers, pit props and parts for WW2 aeroplanes.
Joanna told us how these dedicated women wanted to “do their bit” for the War effort. Many moved many miles from their families to work in teams with minimal support from the “powers that be” who needed to be convinced that girls and women were capable of doing work normally done by men who had been called up.
Joanna has written two books about the Lumberjills which can be purchased through her website Click Here –
These brave women proved themselves time and time again in their sterling efforts. The country owed them a debt of thanks.
Joanna has a website with much more information about the Lumberjills Click Here.
Many thanks to Joanna for opening our eyes.