Ancestry adds Civil Defence Gallantry Award records

By Jon Bauckham, 19 November 2015 - 5:55pm

Acts of bravery during the Second World War are described in a new Ancestry release

An air raid warden surveys a London bomb site, 1940 (Credit: Getty Images)

Records of men, women and children officially recognised for their help on the Home Front during the Second World War have been published on the web.

Released on Ancestry earlier this month (6 November), the fully searchable dataset lists ordinary civilians and Civil Defence Volunteers who were recommended for gallantry awards and medals, including air raid wardens, first aid workers and firewatchers.

Spanning 1940-1949, more than 5,000 people are named in the collection, along with their residence, date of the award and a description of the act deemed worthy of merit.

The files also include notes made by the Inter-departmental Committee on Civil Defence Gallantry Awards, which ultimately decided whether or not the act was deserving of an accolade.

People of all ages are included in the records, including Royston Newman, a 10-year-old boy scout from Tonbridge who shielded his baby brother from an explosion.

The online resource has been created from documents held in series HO 250 at The National Archives.

Explore the collection here (requires subscription)

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