A very good quality portrait of an air raid warden in the early bluette overalls. The area marking title is for Walthamstow.
I'd like to thank Stevan Chambers for contacting me and allowing me to share this photo of an original WW2 St John Ambulance Brigade uniform. The yellow ARP sleeve patch turns up from time to time but it is excellent to see this on an actual uniform. Next challenge is to find a WW2 photo of it being worn. Visit original Instagram post
A 1939-dated St. Paul's Watch lapel badge. The cathedral in the heart of London has it's own special warden service that patrolled the cathedral during the war. They dealt with incendiary bombs and notified the London Fire Brigade about fires and the bomb disposal authority about any UXBs. Read more about the St. Paul's Watch
A Messenger holds the cap from a German parachute mine. Thought to be from the Walthamstow area of London and taken in 1940. Photo copyright of Footsteps Photograpghs, Flickr.
A selection of quite scarce Civil Defence armbands are coming to auction on January 12 (in Holland unfortunately). Looks to be a number of Rest Centre variations. I've not seen the "Person In Charge" before. Ignore the yellow armband as that is post-war. Not sure about the blue and white check armband - possibly police/post war or, and this is a bit of a guess, Incident Officer related as they had a similar design on flags put up at air raid incidents
This form was to be used by Gas Identification Officers (GIO) to report on the dropping of chemical and gas weapons. Thankfully, it was never called upon to be used.
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