A nice portrait of an ARP Warden from Newport in south Wales. Appears his area marking is the type with the dark blue cotton twill and black merrow edge previously discussed on this blog post.
Although not specifically Civil Defence related, I have seen these celluloid discs featuring "It All Depends On Me" and "For Victory And Freedom" before but not with the booklet that went with them. Assumed they were some newspaper / propaganda campaign during the war.
I am regularly contacted by people asking if a relative's service within the ARP / Civil Defence are held in archives. In my experience visiting archives, the vast majority of local archives have not retained documents concerning individual members (unless they were senior in the various services). However, one archive that does have a rich seam of information is Wandsworth Heritage Service archives in south London.
Below is one sheet from Battersea Borough Council's file concerning "Identification of Civil Defence Personnel". For those undertaking family history research this can provide long lost detail into the role played relatives during the war.
I am indebted to Raymond Sweetman for the image and information.
Another scarce armband has cropped up on eBay; this one is a "Post Warden Croydon" example. Appears to be made from a heavy-weight canvas with herringbone cotton tab and three-prong buckle closure. The lettering looks to be screen printed. Avidly collected, this will make top dollar no doubt.
I've seen quite a few of the blue Civil Defence armbands that have had the crown and rainbow embroidered, but I've not seen many of the standard ARP armbands having been embroidered. This looks to be the early style printed armband with the letters embroidered in black thread. This armband sold on eBay for £85.
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