Records of over 5,000 Second World War civilian gallantry awards have just been published online for the first time by Ancestry, in association with The National Archives. I wanted to share some of the amazing stories that caught my eye – including an 11 year old facing down a bomb.
The UK WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards, 1940-1949 collection (file series HO 250) reveals the name, age and location of those who risked, or even lost, their lives to save others while protecting the home front.
While thousands of men fought across the world during the Second World War, 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. Continue reading »