I initially thought the S.W. was for Shelter Warden but as the chap also has two rank bars (making him an Officer in the senior ranking system) and a white helmet I think it may well be Senior Warden in this case. Send a comment if you have any thoughts on the photo.
I really should post more images of re-enactors as the effort undertaken by many on getting their impressions spot on is immense. Here we have three chaps at an event in the north east of England. People are often tempted to have a lot of insignia (myself included) on their battledress but these fellows have just the basic insignia, which is seen on a lot of period photos, namely the CD or ARP breast badge, area title and shoulder title.
Here are three area titles for WESTMINSTER. Appears the local authority bought two styles of old gold - one appears on wool felt and the other looks to be a cotton drill fabric. The red one is assumed to have been used on bluette overalls.
A nice little grouping of Civil Defence insignia I recently picked up on eBay for a warden from Wembley. Given what some people are asking these days for these types of badges it was a bit of a bargain.
Prices for insignia are surging; a recent auction of LAAS insignia reached £435 which was a remarkable price.
I recently came across this War Service Chevron with five red chevrons - each for a year's service in the Civil Defence. ARP Memo 17 (summer 1944) includes details of badges with one, two, three and four chevrons but as this was printed before the fifth year of the war, there is no mention of this badge. It would make sense that a five chevron badge would have produced as the war ticked over in September 1944 to its fifth year (however, most long serving members had by this time acquired a badge with four chevrons and then added a single to make the five years that had served). This badge no doubt would have had an ARP Pattern number but I currently do not know what that is.
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