Second World War
Some pictures below from Ruislip and the second World War
At the outbreak of war in September 1939 there was no telephone at the Warden's post and as we were one of the few families in Beverley Road to have a telephone and my father was an A.R.P. Warden living near to the A.R.P. Post, all calls warning of air raids were to have been made to our home. There would have been an amber warning for approaching enemy aircraft followed by a red warning for an imminent attack. On receipt of the amber warning I had to run to the Warden's Post to tell them to get ready to sound the warning siren and when a red warning came through I had to run to the Post again so that the siren would be sounded. Fortunately this arrangement lasted only a short time before the Warden's Post was connected to the telephone and I did not have to carry out this duty.
Memories from an ARP Warden
"THE WARDENS OF H4 POST, WISH TO PLACE ON RECORD THEIR GRATEFUL THANKS & APPRECIATION, TO THE MISSES COOK, OF 51 MANOR WAY, RUISLIP M'DSX, FOR THEIR GREAT KINDNESS & GENEROSITY, IN SUPPLYING COFFEE, SANDWICHES & CAKES, ON EVERY NIGHT THAT THE POST WAS OPEN FROM THE OUTBREAK OF WAR WITH GERMANY ON SEPTEMBER 2ND 1939, UNTIL THE STAND DOWN OF THE CIVIL DEFENCE SERVICES ON MAY 2ND 1945.
J.C. Lewis (Post Warden), R. E. Williams (Deputy Post Warden), H. E. Browne, E. L. Bruguier, P. G. Edwards, J. A. Fuggle, A. E. Green, G. N. Green, W. F. Hall, F. Keane, W. Scott, J. A. Scrivener, F. D. Simpkins, A. V. Thurston, H. B. Watts, H. Williams, F. Winton.
I remember the Misses Cook clearly, and some of the Wardens named.
The address measure 10 by 12 inches and is illuminated in colour and gilt. I don't recall which if the wardens executed this work but do recall one of them was a draughtsman, Scrivener perhaps?. I inherited the address in its present, original frame. It hangs in our front hall so the patriotic efforts of these two ladies is not forgotten!
V.J. Day Party Elmbridge Drive
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