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Re: Chatham A.R.P.
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2017, 12:13:13 »
I was a member of the Chatham A.R.P. from 1941 to 1945, as a Messenger aged 14 ( yes 14 )
Five of us lads were situated in the A.R.P. post, at the top of Ordnance Street, in the grounds of a girls` school
( opposite Blenheim Ave ).  We patrolled the streets during air raids, leaving 2 messengers at the post. I was almost eighteen, when we disbanded in 1945. No medal. ( more later ).
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Re: Chatham A.R.P.
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2015, 16:01:05 »
The school-leaving age was 14, which marked a watershed of life in several respects.
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2015, 14:01:01 »
Children were out and about during the blitz as this link shows,certainly no mention of girls, and the age in this link is 14+ not 13

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/52/a2077652.shtml
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Re: Chatham A.R.P.
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2015, 15:24:46 »
At a guess she probably attended training sessions with her parents and passed the tests, so was made an ‘honorary’ Warden.

At about the same age I went to a Sunday morning session with my Dad’s Home Guard unit and was allowed to fire a few rounds of 0.22" on the miniature rifle range.
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2015, 13:44:21 »
I can't find anymore information online unfortunately, Peterchall. Possibly a few restricted duties like Bryn Clinch said...

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Re: Chatham A.R.P.
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2015, 10:05:13 »
She may have passed the exams, but was she ever employed as a Warden at all?
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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2015, 06:26:39 »
That`s quite amazing! I remember my Dad going out during air raids with incendiary bombs dropping around us. To allow a 13 year old girl to do the same is quite incredible. Perhaps her duties may have restricted?

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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2015, 22:36:06 »
Kent & Sussex Courier - Friday 07 October 1938

Mona Sayer (13) of Roxton, Maidstone Road, Chatham, is believed to be England's youngest fully qualified Air-raid warden. She passed the examination with 75 percent marks and recieved her badge. Her parents have also passed the examination.

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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2015, 22:17:22 »
Western Times - Friday 30 September 1938

Mona Sayer, 13, of Chatham, has passed the Home Office examination and becomes England's youngest A.R.P. warden.

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Chatham A.R.P.
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2015, 22:02:22 »
Sussex Agricultural Express - Friday 01 July 1938

The resignation of Chatham's A.R.P. Officer is reported this week, and the reason for his action is stated to be that the local authority were apparantly not sympathetic with his suggestions for making air raid shelters in the chalk hills.

 

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