Coat, Overall, WLA

Catalogue number
  • UNI 12378
Production date
  • Buttons: plastic
  • Coat: cloth
Alternative names
  • full name: Coat, Overall, WLA
  • simple name: coat: British
uniforms and insignia

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Physical description

coat Light brown 3/4 length single-breasted open-collared overall coat made of drill material. Fitted to each hip are deep flapless pockets and a cloth belt is attached to the rear of the garment. Fitted to the front are four olive-coloured plastic detachable buttons, secured to the coat by removable shanks, as are the single buttons attached to the cuffs.

History note

Established in 1917 but disbanded after the First World War, the Women's Land Army was reformed in 1939 as an additional source of vital 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 black ink on to white label, Label is sewn to the inside hem, lower left of coat. 2, Handwritten in black ink to the inside neck.

1, OVERALL, COAT, DRILL, W.L.A. Size Small BUST 32" to 34" A. LEARNER & SON (broad arrow) 1944 2, R923

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