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UK WWII Civilian Defence Gallantry Awards, 1940–1949
Published online for the first time, the UK's WWII Civilian Defence Gallantry Awards, 1940–1949 contain fascinating and often heartbreaking details of more than 5,000 awards for civilian gallantry during the 1940s. In detailed accounts – often spanning several pages per individual – the records reveal the names of civilian heroes who were awarded medals for acts of bravery, as well as their place of residence, date of birth and date of the award.
The collection serves as a poignant reminder that while thousands of men and women fought across the world during WWII, more than 1.9 million civilians served as Civil Defence Volunteers back home on British soil. Some worked as air raid wardens, first aiders and firewatchers, but some were ordinary civilians who showed incredible bravery in the face of disaster, sometimes giving up their lives to save others.
Civilian Defence awards could be given to men, women and children, who carried out or supported Civil Defence duties on the Home Front.