A curious-looking badge appeared on eBay that had "FG" letters plus "Party Leader" written on it. It's assumed that the badge is related to the Fire Guard Organisation. A Party Leader was in charge of roughly 150 yards of street or 30 houses and between 10 and 30 individual Fire Guards (organised into Stirrup Pump Teams of three people). The Party Leader was not a member of any team.
A peculiar fixing to the rear; it was suggested online that perhaps this could be slipped onto the lace of a Zuckerman helmet liner (the lacing passes through the helmet via holes), but it is rather small. Alternatively, it could pass through the buttonhole on the lapel of a suit jacket.
Most large firms were required to build air raid shelters for their workforce. In the event of a raid, it would be important that each person knew exactly where to go. If several shelters were built it would be necessary to allocate people to each and in these cases shelter cards, like the one shown below, would be issued.
An interesting green enamel lapel badge for the Clay Cross Company based near Chesterfield. The business was founded by railway pioneer George Stephenson in 1837 and ran coal mines, ironworks, brickworks and pipe factories at Clay Cross, Derbyshire. Further details of the firm can be found on Wikipedia.
The badge is made by the Birmingham Medal Company and the meaning of the additional letter 'J' is not currently known (at the time of writing no other badges with any other letters are known to exist). If you know more about the use of that letter, drop me a line.
A late war (possibly even a stand down photo) of an ambulance driver/attendant. Five war service chevrons to the right sleeve cuff and a St John Ambulance Association badge to the breast pocket. Of interest in the peculiar ski cap badge being worn - a large 'A'; I've not seen that before.
A combined Authority Card and Record of Training for a Deputy Senior Warden in the City of Liverpool's Civil Defence Wardens' Service (a senior warden would cover a sector of a few streets). I've seen quite a number of these authority cards (also called appointment or warrant cards) but rarely do they include a record of the training the individual warden had received. Oddly, it's not that unusual to find these cards unsigned.
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