Staffordshire Regiment march roudly back on home soil.
the West Midlands were busy in April answering the call nationally
for 30,000 more recruits for the Women's Land Army in the immediate
austere post-war period.
who at first were doubtful about the women's abilities to cope on
the land, were said to be delighted with their efforts.
During the national
campaign the Express & Star visited girls who had been tackling
the important work for some time, at hostels in Wombourne and Brewood.
hostel had been part of the Land Army for more than two years, having
previously been occupied by wartime troops.
said they catered for about 16 girls and boasted that they rarely
fell ill - presumably because of their healthy life in the open.
One girl, from
West Bromwich, was previously a bookbinder and was now concentrating
on market gardening.
After 13 months
on the land, she said she loved the work and had now signed on for
launched its own recruitment drive for the WLA at the Civic Hall,
with the help of BBC announcer, Frederick Allen.
were reports that many girls who had been demobbed from the services
were rejoining after a short taste of civvy street because they
"miss the companionship of the other girls and the fun of communal
They also found
that, unlike civilians, the inconvenience of rationing, coupons
and points were a "closed book to them."
of heroes: By
1946, heroism was becoming a bit of a habit for the Jones family
of Friar Park, Wednesbury.
Whitehouse holding a picture of her father and three uncles who
won bravery medals.
By the end of
the war one of the four brothers had distinguished himself in the
nail-biting job of disposing of old shells while the other three
had won medals.
The oldest was
George who spent most of the war in Scotland as an unexploded-ordnance
Next came Bill,
awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry as a gunner in the
epic attack on Monte Cassino during the bloody Italian campaign.
Dennis and Fred both served with the South Staffordshire Regiment.
In 1946, each received the Dutch Bronze Cross for their courage
in the 1944-45 liberation of the Netherlands.
Bill survives but the family cherishes the memory of four Black
from Wednesfield who knitted more than 600 pairs of socks for the
forces during the war was given a Red Cross badge of appreciation
view down Dudley St, Wolverhampton in 1946
time off: Overworked
nursing staff at a Walsall hospital were given a months holiday
in May to recuperate while their patients were sent home until their
Sanatorium was closed down for this period following an inquiry
by Walsall's medical officer.
But the staff
situation at Goscote Isolation Hospital was considered to be so
bad that it could face permanent closure.
officer said that luckily, he had never known a time when there
had been so little infectious disease about.
He went on to
say that the staff position was the same at nearly every hospital
in the town and the public were going to be taught a severe lesson
if they did not allow their daughters to go into nursing. "It is
a very serious position," he added.
post war, the calls were still going out for help as these two advertisements
from 1946 show. The emphasis is on building for the future and carrying
on the community spirit which was developed during the conflict.
News in brief
. . . In
May, an appeal for 3,000 collectors in the Wolverhampton, Dudley
and Cannock areas for the 33rd celebration of Alexandra Day was
It was estimated
that 500,000 Alexandra Roses and more than 1,500 motor garlands
would be on sale.
In June a Wolverhampton
man admitted in Brisbane to having three "wives" in two months -
one back in Britain and two in Australia.
a 59-year-old Hednesford man who had worked for a time in India
opening a colliery died of jungle fever.
and family of Jean McGann, the blonde in the front row, line up
at her 21st birthday celebration at the old Causeway Lake School