Shoes, WLA

Catalogue number
  • UNI 12376
  • Horseshoes: steel
  • Boots: leather
  • Soles: leather
  • whole: metal
Alternative names
  • full name: Shoes, WLA
  • simple name: Footwear: British
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Physical description

Shoes Pair of matching brown leather laced shoes. Shoes have leather soles and have steel horseshoes fitted.

History note

Borne in 1917 but disbanded after the First World War, the Women's Land Army was reformed in 1939 as an additional source of valuable agricultural labour. 4,500 'Land Girls' had enrolled by the end of 1939, and numbers swelled to over 86,000 by 1943, ensuring that farms could supply the Nation's population during the U-boat blockades and subsequent food shortages. A mobile force, members could be posted to anywhere in the country and were paid by the farmers who employed them ( on average £1 2s 6d per 48 hour week with one week for leave each year).

1, Printed in red ink to inside of both shoes. 2, Stamped into leather instep (underneath).

1, 292/18/N2520 Parker Shoes 1945 5 L 633 2, 5 L (broad arrow) WLA

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