I am once again indebted to Steve Taylor for sharing these photos below. I recently posted a blog about an oval B.R.O. patch. Steve's battledress with Cornwall area title shows this Bomb Reconnaissance Officer (BRO) badge being worn along with an "I.W." which is assumed to be Incident Warden (a very early naming of the Incident Officer as it was to become, the script version of this worn above). The person also has a first world war wound stripe in red.
I saw this badge in the flesh and my gut reaction was that is was a private purchase Bomb Reconnaissance Officer sleeve patch. The style of construction and colours does tie into the Civil Defence Services during the war.
Update: see this blog for an identical badge in place on a battledress sleeve.
Thanks to Chris Ransted for sharing the images.
We've seen this fake London Transport badge before. It appeared on a Zuckerman helmet and also as a plain badge but here we have it with blue "enamel". It has the common rear associated with all fake ARP badges.
Sir Duncan Oppenheim (1904–2003) was for many years employed by British American Tobacco and rose to become the company's chairman. During the war he was a Civil Defence warden in London and painted a number of pictures relating to this. The one below is entitled "Boredom: Air Raid Wardens on Duty". Many of his pictures are held in the IWM archives.
It's well worth reading his obituary that appeared in the Independent.
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