A woman wearing a Metropolitan Police War Reserve helmet. Those civilians not enlisted in the armed forces were encouraged to join various Civil Defence organisations including the Air Raid Precaution (ARP), Auxillary Fire Service (AFS), the Police Reserve and the Auxillary Ambulance Service. The photograph was taken by Eastbourne Photographic Co., 2 The Pavement, Clapham Common and is possibly of Miss Gertrude Whatmore, who lodged in Franconia Road, Clapham. From a series of albums containing newspaper and magazine clippings, assorted ephemera and a diary, kept by Mrs Lucy Awdry of 14 Franconia Road, Clapham, for the duration of World War II and recording wartime life in London. During the war Mrs Awdry volunteered with the Women's Voluntary Service (WVS) assisting with fire watch duties and also at the Clapham War Savings Centre. From the Lambeth Archives Home Front project 2005.Ref: IV/169/Vol.6
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