WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards, 1940-1949

WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards, 1940-1949

New records on Ancestry this week are the Civil Defence Gallantry Awards 1940-1949.

During the Second World War, up to 1.9 million men, women, and teenagers as young as 15 served as Civil Defence Volunteers in various capacities. These individuals worked as air raid wardens, first aid workers, firewatchers, messengers, in rescue efforts, in rest centres, and emergency feeding programmes.

For acts of bravery during their service civilians, police, and fire were rewarded with a variety of awards and medals.

This collection from Ancestry contains digitised copies of evidence submitted to the Inter-departmental Committee on Civil Defence Gallantry Awards and its recommendations to the Chatfield Committee. The evidence can include the name and age of the person being recommended, the date and details of his or her actions of merit, lists of supporting documentation and possibly copies, who made the recommendation (name or title), tenure, occupation, and the type of award received or denied.

These records can be searched here (a subscription maybe required)