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Three items from a scrapbook:

Item 1 is a newspaper cutting titled 'Venture Adventure is ATC Motto'.

Item 2 is an Air Training Corps membership card for AS Coller. It has a caption 'Originally named Air Defence Cadet Corps ADCC'.

Item 3 is a…

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Three annotated items:

Item 1 : Photograph of air raid shelter with pets
caption 1 'Air Raid Shelter constructed by a firm called "Troy" in 1938. Left [undecipherable] It was 16' deep with a poisen [sic] gas free escape hatch…

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Ted Neale describes the start of the war and the end of his schooling. After a couple of jobs, which he left quickly, he moved to the Woolwich Arsenal as an apprentice tool maker.
On Saturday 7th September 1940 an air raid destroyed the factory,…

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Ted Neale's account of when he was 18 at the Woolwich Arsenal. He tells of a bombing raid at the factory, which started just as they were leaving at 5pm.

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Sidney was inspired to join The Air Force when he was working as an Air Raid Precaution Warden and one night his own home was bombed. The house next door was also destroyed and the lady who had offered him a cup of tea only hours earlier died. He…

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Geoff Packham grew up in Sheffield and worked at the town hall before he volunteered for the air Force. He discusses his father’s service in the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War. He trained in Canada and completed seven operations as a…

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Letter of appreciation to all members of the Lancashire civil defence warden's service. Includes Special order of the day after the service had stood down from 2 May 1945 and offers appreciation of work done. States that work was in close cooperation…

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Letter to Miss Green describing a response to call for volunteers for warden's service to help in defence of Stretford borough. Appreciates all she has done and wished good luck.

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Charles Frederick Green was born in Peckham, London, in 1921. On leaving school he began an apprenticeship with a printing company, acting part-time as a police courier, before becoming an Air Raid Precaution warden. He then volunteered for the…

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Edith Taylor (née Tate) grew up in Manchester and experienced the bombing of Manchester. She also describes life as a young evacuee.

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During the war Sheena lived in Cottingham, a village close to Hull. She lived with her mother and father (who was a fire watcher). He fought in the Far East during the first world war. She had two elder brothers, one in the Navy and one in the Royal…

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Irene Howard grew up in Salford and describes her life there before the war. During the war she worked in a factory and as a fire-watcher before being called up. She served as an Air Raid Precaution Warden. She describes being bombed at home,…

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Letter from David Boldy to his father about the Air Raid Precautions, complying he does not feel suited for the role. Steve is doing his exams.

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Letter from David Boldy to his father about joining the Air Raid Precautions (voluntary).

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Letter from David Boldy to his father about about his mother having German measles and applying to the Air Raid Precautions (voluntary).

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Letter from David Boldy to his father about being out of paid work.

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Letter from David Boldy to his father about about passing his driving test, the Air Raid Precautions not taking anyone under 25, and a comment on the situation in Finland.
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