SHE drove tractors, ploughed fields with shire horses and milked cows by hand.
Violet Jones was one of 80,000 Land Girls and 6,000 Timber Jills who kept Britain supplied with food and timber during the Second World War.
Now, 62 years after the fighting ended, Mrs Jones, 80, is one of the surviving 20,000 women to be honoured with a medal recognising their immense contribution.
The great-grandmother, a resident of the Gwern Alyn Care Home in Wrexham was proud to receive the medal and a signed certificate from Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.
They brought back memories of her three years of working from dawn until dusk in the Women’s Land Army.
Staff and fellow residents at Gwern Alyn were thrilled for Mrs Jones.
It was during her time with the Land Army that she met her late husband, Walter, and after they married the couple settled in Llandrillo, near Corwen, where they ran a grocery store for many years.
She recalled: “They were asking for women to volunteer to help with the war effort. I was 18 at the time.
“The war was nearly over when I joined in 1945 but I stayed with them for three years. I was sent to a farm on Anglesey for training for three months and after that I stayed at a farm near Bala.
“We did general farm work and I learned how to drive a tractor and how to handle shire horses to plough the land. I also had to learn how to milk cows by hand.”