Woman's Voluntary Service W.V.S.

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A brief history of the W.V.S.

In June 1938, the Women's Voluntary Service For Air Raid Precaution (to give it its original name) was formed.  The membership was essentially middle class, mirrored in the bottle green uniform and conspicuous hats for which the volunteers had to pay.

Early tasks were evacuation and the lesser known job of making medical supplies, bandages (made from old sheets), nursing gowns and pyjamas.

In February 1939, with the role of the Women's Voluntary Service for ARP ever expanding, the name was changed to the Women's Voluntary Service for Civil Defence, although to most, they were simply known as the WVS.