The Wartime Memories Project - Women's Voluntary Service (WVS)





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The Women's Voluntary Service (WVS) provided invaluable support for the civil defense workers and the public following air raids. Their mobile canteens provided hot drinks and food for the firemen and rescue workers day and night. They also provided first aid and comfort to victims. Two hundred and fourty one WVS members died on duty during the war.

If you served in The Women's Voluntary Service we would love to hear from you.


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I am researching on AA Defences in Shropshire and Mid -Wales in World War 2. I co-operate with English Heritage and a number of other organisations. I know the WVS supplied remote AA Searchlight and Gun Battery locations in Shropshire and Mid - Wales, 1939 -1941. I read from a resource possibly the Imperial War Musuem, that the WVS skied with hot meals to remote AA Defence locations in Great Britain. Please could you tell me if you know of anybody whom did this and where was it in Britain



49 NORTHSIDE CLAPHAM, please can anyone help if they knew a Joan Winnifred Palmer my mother who was In the WVS and lived at this address in 1948/49 with the following: winnie Jess, doreen kennay, doreen liddow, mary mayo, celia reade.



List of those who served in the Women's Voluntary Service

  • Ethel Mee (Leicestershire) Read her story
  • Lilian Denton (Coventry) Read her story
  • Winnie Jess
  • Doreen Kennay
  • Doreen Liddow
  • Mrs Malcolm. (Coventry)
  • Mary Mayo
  • Olive Moore (Coventry)
  • Miss Norton (Hudersfield)
  • Joan Winnifred Palmer Read her Story
  • Celia Reade

If you have any names to add to this list, or any recollections or photos of those listed, please get in touch.



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