Mona’s WWII role is revealed

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A former Pencaitland resident and founder of the village’s lecture society played a key role in getting recognition for the part played by the Land Girls during the Second World War.

Historian Mona Lewis McLeod (89), who now lives in Edinburgh, outlined her story to fellow members of the East Lothian Antiquarian Society at the first lecture of their winter programme at the John Gray Centre, Haddington, reently.

She described her experiences as the lone Land Army girl on a farm in Galloway during the war.

Last month the thousands of women who formed the Women’s Land Army in Scotland finally won recognition for their endeavours when a memorial in their honour was unveiled by the Prince of Wales.

The memorial, by Yorkshire artist Peter Naylor, has been erected by Clochan on the Fochabers Estate in Moray as a lasting tribute to the Land Girls, who were enlisted during the Second World War to work on the country’s farms as Nazi raids on supply ships threatened to bring Britain to its knees.

Mrs McLeod is a member of the Land Army Memorial Scotland Trust which was formed three years ago to raise funds for the memorial.

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