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1939-45  • Women's Voluntary Service

Civil Defence • Founded in 1938 as part of the Air Raid Precautions •
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The Women's Voluntary Service became the formost welfare organisation of the war.
At the beginning of the war ration books were issued.
Children were evacuated from large cities to escape the bombing. Families who had lost their homes and all their possessions in bombing raids, needed help.Clothing exchange shops were neded where families could exchange outgrown garments.
Jobs such as these were handled by the WVS.
The WVS provided a nationwide Civil Defence force which managed the social problems directly caused by the war.

Photograph by Wells of Lancing.

Date about 1943: Age about 40 years old  • Estimate: born 1903± 3 years